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Responsible journalism? WikiLeaks, the diplomatic cables and freedom of expression in a U.K. context

Tambini, Damian (2013) Responsible journalism? WikiLeaks, the diplomatic cables and freedom of expression in a U.K. context. Policy and Internet, 5 (3). pp. 270-288. ISSN 1944-2866

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Abstract

This article develops a new analytical model for understanding the legal and ethical responsibilities of “news leak” sites. Focusing on the case study of WikiLeaks, and in particular the national security implications of the U.S. Cables release, it provides an authoritative summary of the relevant human rights law with a focus on the European Convention on Human Rights and draws on U.K. case law to discuss the likelihood that WikiLeaks could successfully claim free speech protection on the basis of the argument that it acted responsibly and ethically in the public interest. The article outlines WikiLeaks' editorial processes based on analysis of individual cables, and published accounts by WikiLeaks staff and media partners and applies the new analytical framework to WikiLeaks. After developing an analytical framework based on key legal standards, the article finds that the site operated with several different approaches to editorial ethics during its brief history and outlines a new approach to responsible publication for adoption by organizations that seek to emulate the leaks site.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2013 Policy Studies Organization
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JZ International relations
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Research centres and groups > London Multimedia Lab for Audiovisual Composition and Communication
Research centres and groups > POLIS
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2013 13:54
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45003/

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