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Crisis in Egypt
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What do you think of the new site? Share your thoughts with other OPC members.
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In recent weeks, the news has been dominated by the Wikileaks disclosure of classified State Department documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, in the name of freedom of speech, defenders of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange have been mouning hacking attacks on those trying to disavow him, ranging from Amazon.com and PayPal (for cutting off Wikileaks access) to the Swedish prosecutor who accuses him of rape. Should the OPC's Freedom of the Press Committee be defending Wikileaks and Assange? We haven't done so, on several grounds. For one thing, we three FOP co-chairs don't agree with Assange's basic position that all secrets should automatically be exposed; if spilled, some would damage national security and risk lives, and we believe the New York Times did the right thing in weeding out such material before printing the Wikileaks dump. For another, Assange needs no help from us in getting his viewpoint known, since everything he gets his hands on lands on front pages around the world. If anything, he enjoys a little too much freedom of the press. Finally, we object to those defending him by somehow conflating the Swedish charge of rape with an attempt to silence Wikileaks. Changing the subject is a classic tactic to use against women claiming rape. But this is not an open-and-shut case, and clearly an issue of moment for practicing journalists. We invite OPC members to weigh in on the issue. What do you think? -- Jeremy Main, Larry Martz and Kevin McDermott
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How can multimedia be incorporated into reporting? How can it be used in a meaningful way to your stories that also adds capital to your reporting? What are news organizations looking for these days in terms of reporting -- it seems to go beyond merely writing. Join the discussion.
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Join a discussion about the state of newspapers today. Should they turn to a non-profit model or keep plugging away in the capitalist environs?
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The OPC had many memorable events in 2009. Discuss which event you remember best -- one of the panel discussions on international reporting, reporting in Iran, the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall? -- and what you'd like to see in terms of programming for 2010.
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