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WikiLeaks and Investigative Journalism

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The video “Collateral Murder,” depicting a missile strike in Baghdad that killed a Reuters driver and photographer in 2007, has been viewed some 6 million times since it was posted early this month by the Web site WikiLeaks. We’ll speak with Clint Hendler, staff writer at Columbia Journalism Review, and Esther Kaplan, editor of the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, about the video and about WikiLeaks, a nonprofit organization that anonymously disseminates undisclosed documents and records leaked by insiders. We’ll talk about its role in shaping investigative journalism and what the impact of the “Collateral Murder” video release has been.

Guests:

Clint Hendler and Esther Kaplan,

Comments [4]

Douglas from New York

As usual the report the left-biased NPR/WNYC on the killing of Reuters reporters as 'reported' by Wikileaks fail to mention or deleted the recording reference the helicopter pilots made about non-uniformed individuals armed with AK-47s and RPG's mingled among the reporters, a sure sign of insurgents in the group in grainy video footage the pilots were looking at. In heated-combat situations how many times have news cameramen carrying their video cameras been mistaken to look just like those carrying RPG's. Perhaps NPR people should suggest pilots do warn those who carry AK-47's and RPG's or shoulder-held cameras before they fire...thereby guaranteeing they would fire at the helicopters first. Perhaps NPR reporters don't know that in combat situations, usually those who fire first survive, perhaps they should find out in their reporting.

Jun. 12 2010 09:35 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

I see that Esther Kaplan also hosts a radio show on "progressive" WBAI. A show called "Beyond the Pale". Unfortunately BtP does not take calls from listeners.

Does Esther Kaplan know if there are any Arab/Muslim Peace groups that oppose rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel, that oppose the dehumanizing sermons that depict Jews as sons of pigs and monkeys?

Is there a group calling itself "Muslims for Racial and Economic Justice" as there is a "Jews for Racial and Economic Justice"?

Apr. 22 2010 12:33 PM
gene

There was also The Memory Hole:

http://www.thememoryhole.org/

Apr. 22 2010 12:31 PM
Tom from Toronto

Before Wikileaks, there was http://cryptome.org

Apr. 22 2010 12:10 PM

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