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posted by Dopefish on Tuesday February 18 2014, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the freedom-is-not-free dept.

combatserver writes:

"While The Guardian and The New York Times reported on the NSA targeting of data leaked by popular mobile apps, independent sources produced highly-detailed articles--accompanied by source material--that paint a much broader picture of NSA capabilities and intent. Recent restrictions imposed on journalists--a result of corporate influence, editorial decisions, and threats against journalists--combined with the ease of establishing a website, might be driving a new era in journalism.

The Intercept recently announced a shift towards independent reporting with the creation of their own news outlet, free of the constraints imposed on journalists by 'Big Media' and governments. Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have joined forces to provide the world with an alternative, perhaps blazing a path towards a fundamental change in how news is reported and distributed. SoylentNews can play a significant role in this shift towards journalistic freedom--we share many common core-ideals, and can give voice to independent news sources.

The Big Question: How will 'Big Media' and governments react to this shift in journalism?"

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @01:07PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @01:07PM (#1571)

    "How will 'Big Media' and governments react to this shift in journalism?"

    Large media corporations will ignore the shift, and most folks will be none the wiser. The banks, Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, etc., will refuse to allow payments to these journalists, the journalists will have their reputations dragged through the mud and largely discredited in the eyes of the public, the journalists will be harassed by the governments upon every entry/exit to countries and illegally detained under terrorism laws, and their passports will be confiscated. These things are already happening, one reason why Guardian UK moved their Snowden operations to the US, why Assange is holed-up in a building for ages, why Snowden fled and is stuck in Russia, why Wikileaks is on life support (although "Freedom of the Press Foundation" still takes donations on behalf of Wikileaks: []).

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