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NUJ and IFJ call for end to attacks on WikiLeaks

15 December 2010

The NUJ and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have joined media freedom campaigners in condemning the on-going political backlash against the whistleblowing website, WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks has been consistently publishing political, business and diplomatic information that gives people around the world unprecedented access to detailed information from sources, including the latest publication of leaked US diplomatic cables.

The NUJ and IFJ also welcomed the decision of WikiLeaks to use respected channels of journalism including Der Spiegel, The Guardian, the New York Times, Le Monde and El Pais, supporting responsible reporting in the public interest and the rights of whistle-blowers.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary said:

"The NUJ wants WikiLeaks to continue to provide information to journalists so they can inform the public about government actions. The provision to the world's media of the database of leaked diplomatic cables is one of the most significant journalistic initiatives in the world today and WikiLeaks should not be attacked for releasing information which is in the public interest."

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