Publish and be damned

The elusive Wikileaks organisation’s public airing of an annotated video, taken by a US helicopter as it machine gunned people in a Baghdad suburb, has sparked a fresh debate about the nature and ramifications of internet journalism

17th April, 2010

The video is one of the most disturbing it is possible to imagine. But that has not stopped it from clocking up more than five million views on YouTube alone. The film in question was shot from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. It shows a fatal air attack in Baghdad by two Apaches in which two Reuters employees, together with a number of other people, were killed.

But the manner in which the video is...

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