Screenwipe on anonymous sourcing

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6 Responses to “Screenwipe on anonymous sourcing”

  1. dasanjos says:

    The government has monopoly on violence and now wants monopoly on anonymity…

  2. taras says:

    Good video. Reminds me of one incident where a respected journalist claimed LulzSec had illegally accessed the UK Census database, based on one anonymous source (a text file containing the claims), despite the Office for National Statistics denying it.

    Of course, it turned out to be a non-story, fueled by exactly the kind of speculative, scaremongering reports Brooke discusses in the video.

    Can’t recall that journalist’s name now. Anyone remember?

    edit: oh yeah, here it is: http://heatherbrooke.org/2011/whos-laughing-now-lulzsec-claims-census-leak/

  3. scotchmi_st says:

    Isn’t that sort of the point of having journalists though? To separate the truth from the lies? Anonymous sourcing helps to protect whistleblowers that would find it hard to have a career if it were not for their anonymity. Surely it is far more important, as mentioned as a caveat in the 19th paragraph of that piece, for the press not to just print everything they’re told?

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