2011-01-06 Bianca Jagger: The Julian Assange ‘Trial by Newspaper’ – A Response to Nick Davies

In the latest chapter of an exchange that started with a Guardian piece by Nick Davies, wasresponded to by Bianca Jagger, rebutted by Nick Davies, and defended by our own x7o, Bianca Jagger has again responded in the Huffington Post.

In it Jagger provides many clear and well supported arguments, including a reminder of the constantly and willfully misunderstood difference between private citizens and public organizations in a democracy:

As all good investigative journalists know — from George Orwell to Paul Foot and John Pilger — there is a profound difference between exposing the deeds of powerful governments, corporations and the rich and throwing mud at those who released the information. One is investigative journalism; the other is muck-raking aimed at opponents of the powerful.

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