Hi! Long time no post! Sorry about that, btw. I've sorta migrated to tumblr. But I'll try and come on here more often, because I really love this site and all of you.
ANYWAY I'm sorting out my journalism tag, so that I have an online archive of my articles, and I missed out my first 3 last year! So I'll post them now. I'll also post my highlights from this year (they haven't been very good though!) sometime soon.
Without further ado, here's the Wikileaks articles I had such a palava about (if you remember) and also one on Burma! Bear in mind that these were written in November of 2010, so the info is very outdated!Courage Is Contagious:
The Story Of Wikileaks
In the Western World we pride ourselves on having freedom of speech, on living in a society free of corruption and repression, a society where we can trust our governments to do what’s right. WikiLeaks has almost singlehandedly shown this to be false.
Set up in 2006 by the reclusive political activist Julian Assange, WikiLeaks aims to “achieve political reforms by giving out suppressed information to the public”. WikiLeaks, known as the “uncensorable Wikipedia” is a website run by over 800 volunteers in various locations over the world. So far it has lived up to its claims: one of the first “leaks” was the Guantanamo Bay Operation Manual, detailing the torture and human rights violations in the prison.( Read more...Collapse )
---The Controversy Crusader:
Julian Assange. For many this name has being infamous, synonymous with both liberation and secrecy. For most this name is an obscure side note to more important news worthy subjects. Assange is somewhat of a contradiction: obsessed with revealing secrets and yet rarely coming out of hiding. This, of course, could be for protection, but is it more than that? ( Read more...Collapse )
---Fighting To Be Heard:
The Crisis In Burma
For years the word “Burma” has drifted in and out of the public consciousness. Every so often some new crisis will shock the world and then the country’s plight will sink back into obscurity until the next dramatic event merits a headline. But what exactly has been happening in Burma?
Here are the facts: facebook is banned, the internet is banned, universities are banned, political gatherings are banned, freedom of speech is banned... and human rights may as well not exist. As Amnesty International recently commented “torture has become an institution” in Burma. Ruled by a vicious military elite called the Junta from 1962, there are countless human rights violations with rape, murder and forced labour reported throughout the country. Amnesty estimates that there are about 1,300 political prisoners held without trial in terrible conditions. To keep the public illiterate and ignorant universities have been shut down, and any that do dare speak up against the Junta face horrific consequences.