Friday, 7 January 2011

Terrorism vs journalism

I've heard Wikileaks branded as "an act of terrorism" because it's a threat and induces fear. But isn't terrorism meant to be defined as a fear-inducing act for the purpose of waging war and destroying a culture? Journalism, on the other hand, is an act that can induce fear, but is intended to preserve a culture by revealing illegal acts done by people in power. The threat of revelation is meant to keep those people from abusing their power or, if it's too late, to take their abused power away. We have freedom of the press to counterbalance the corrupting effects of power.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - Every king needs a fool to make fun of him.
PPS - And that fool needs to be free to do so.

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