Wikileaks: the new journalism? the new threat to national security?

I just saw the Apache airstrike footage that recently exploded around the web, thanks to Wikileaks, a non-profit organization that serves as  a repository for sensitive, classified or otherwise secret information from often anonymous tipsters. While the video seems to reveal nothing newly horrific about the nature of war (those more familiar with military procedures and war crimes have been editorialising - rightly so - on that point eg Roger McShane of the Economist), it's more the nature in which this story was broken that interests me. The tapes being classified, no traditional journalism organisations, including Reuters, has been able for three years to bring it to the public. Wikileaks did, and it is increasingly presenting a special … [Read more...]

the Khmer side of SE Asia’s politics..

Young journalists and bloggers are not plenty in the Kingdom, but they are gaining in numbers and spine. From just a few bloggers you can count on one hand in the early 2000's to, literally, hundreds today, these guys are now lending a decidedly Khmer voice to the contentious politics of Cambodia, the ongoing belligerence with Thailand and shrewd maneuverings with Vietnam. Events have traditionally come from a skewed Western or Thai perspective. So I'm glad to see the increasing articulation of the Khmer point of view. Here are two new bloggers I just found. Worth a watch? We'll wait and see. Son of the Empire (politics) Tumnei, a Photo Diary (culture) … [Read more...]