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It is a multi-national media organization
and associated library. It was founded by
its publisher Julian Assange in 2006.
Specializes in the analysis and
publication of large datasets of censo-
red or otherwise restricted official
materials involving War, Spying and
Corruption. It has so far published
more than 10 million documents
and associated analyses.
“WikiLeaks is a giant library of the world's most persecuted documents. We
give asylum to these documents, we analyze them, we promote them and we
obtain more.” - Julian Assange
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Its publisher and its journalists have won many awards, including
•The Economist New Media Award (2008)
•The Amnesty New Media Award (2009)
•TIME Magazine Person of the Year, People's Choice (highest global
•The Sam Adams Award for Integrity (2010)
•The National Union of Journalists Journalist of the Year (Hrafnsson)
•The Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal (2011)
•The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (2011)
•The Blanquerna Award for Best Communicator (2011)
•The Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism
•The Voltaire Award for Free Speech (2011)
•The International Piero Passetti Journalism Prize of the National
Union of Italian Journalists (2011)
•The Jose Couso Press Freedom Award (2011)
•The Privacy International Hero of Privacy (2012)
•The Global Exchange Human Rights People's Choice Award (2013)
•The Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts (2013)
•The Brazillian Press Association Human Rights Award (2013)
•The Kazakstan Union of Journalists Top Prize (2014)
Its website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by
the organisation Sunshine Press.
10 million documents in 10 years since its
Documentation of equipment expenditures
and holdings in the Afghanistan war.
A report informing a corruption
investigation in Kenya.
In April 2010, it released Collateral
Murder footage from the 12 July 2007
Baghdad airstrike in which Iraqi journalists
were among those killed.
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In 2010, it also released the US State Department
diplomatic "cables", classified cables that had been
sent to the US State Department.
In April 2011, Wikileaks began publishing 779
secret files relating to prisoners detained in
the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
During the 2016 US presidential election
campaign, WikiLeaks released emails and other
documents from the Democratic National
Committee and from Hillary Clinton's campaign
manager, John Podesta.
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WikiLeaks cables expose Pakistan nuclear fears
US and UK diplomats warn of terrorists getting hold
of fissile material and of Pakistan-India nuclear
American and British diplomats fear Pakistan's nuclear
weapons programme could lead to fissile material falling
into the hands of terrorists or a devastating nuclear
exchange with India.
The latest cache of US embassy cables released by
WikiLeaks contains warnings that Pakistan is rapidly
building its nuclear stockpile despite the country's growing
instability and "pending economic catastrophe".
US fears over Pakistan were spelled out in an intelligence briefing in 2008. "Despite pending economic
catastrophe, Pakistan is producing nuclear weapons at a faster rate than any other country in the world," the
secret cable said.
There are 120,000-130,000 people directly involved in Pakistan's nuclear and missile programmes … There
is no way to guarantee that all are 100% loyal and reliable.
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WIKILEAKS related to Kashmir conflict.
WikiLeaks cables: India accused of
systematic use of torture in Kashmir
Beatings and electric shocks inflicted on hundreds
of civilians detained in Kashmir.
The dispatches, obtained by website WikiLeaks,
reveal that US diplomats in Delhi were briefed in
2005 by the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) about the use of electrocution,
beatings and sexual humiliation against hundreds of
2007 American diplomats were concerned about
widespread human rights abuses by Indian security
forces, who they said relied on torture for
Other cables reveal that:
The Dalai Lama has told US officials that combating
climate change is more urgent than finding a political
solution in Tibet, which "can wait five to 10 years".
Rahul Gandhi, the crown prince of Indian politics, believes
Hindu extremists pose a greater threat to his country than
Muslim militants, according to the American ambassador
Five doctors were coerced by the Sri Lankan government
to recant on casualty figures they gave to journalists in the
last months of island's brutal civil war.
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Reflecting the increased role that
numerical data is used in the production
and distribution of information in
the digital era
It reflects the increased interaction
between content producers (journalist)
and several other fields such
as design, computer
science and statistics. From the point of
view of journalists, it represents "an
overlapping set of competencies drawn
from disparate fields
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Data journalism has been widely used to
unite several concepts and link them to
journalism. Some see these as levels or
stages leading from the simpler to the more
complex uses of new technologies in the
Designers are not always part of the
process. According to author and data
journalism trainer Henk van
Ess, "Datajournalism can be based on
any data that has to be processed first with
tools before a relevant story is possible. It
doesn't include visualisation per se".