With the coming of the digital age, journalism has taken a whole new dimension. Unlike traditional newspapers that limit the news due to the length of the page, digital technology provides no boundaries in length or size and so primary journalistic and factual documents can be freely hosted and shared.
That is exactly the model that Julian Assange has tried to propagate. Inspired by the philosophies of Karl Popper, according to Julian scientific journalism is the practice of including the main source along with the journalistic facts or story.
On October 4, 2006, Julian Assange launched his notion of scientific journalism called WikiLeaks – a website that publishes submissions of private, top secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks, and whistleblowers. The website has faced numerous criticisms and appreciations from around the world. Julian Assange has come under the legal scan since and has become a controversial figure in the field of politics and modern journalism.
The year WikiLeaks was formed, Assange wrote on this blog:
“The more secretive or unjust an organization is, the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie…. Since unjust systems, by their nature, induce opponents, and in many places barely have the upper hand, mass leaking leaves them exquisitely vulnerable to those who seek to replace them with more open forms of governance.”
A true figure of social entrepreneurship, Julian’s theory of scientific journalism is sure to go down in the history books around the world as a theory formed by a man who had a unique vision and completely changed the way we see facts and news.