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'Criminals' or journalism's future?
Inside Story looks at changing perceptions of whistle blowers.
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2010 13:37 GMT

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks is once again at the centre of media attention. Sweden has cancelled an arrest warrant against its founder Julian Assange on accusations of rape and molestation. But the damage may have already been done.

When reporters from The Washington Post uncovered the Watergate scandal in the early seventies they were hailed as heroes. But after publishing more than 90,000 leaked documents on the war in Afghanistan, the work of Wikileaks editors has been denounced as "a criminal act".

So has the impact of whistle blowers been reduced? Are they more vulnerable now? And are they the future of investigative journalism?

Inside Story discusses with guests: James Joyner, the managing editor of the Atlantic Council; Glenn Greenwald, a writer at salon.com; and Stephania Maurizia, an investigative journalist.

This episode of Inside Story aired on Monday, August 23, 2010.

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