WikiLeaks: Its Impact on Journalism and Government – Centre for Advanced Journalism, Melbourne University

WikiLeaks has raised profound questions about government secrecy and the rights of people in a democracy to know what governments are doing on their behalf.

How will governments respond to WikiLeaks and its revelations? Will the response be more open government or more government secrecy?

Whatever the answers may be to these questions, there can be little doubt that WikiLeaks has had a huge impact on the way journalists operate, on the ethics of journalism, on the relationship between journalists and their sources and on the relationship between journalists and government.


Kristinn Hrafnsson is now the official spokesman of WikiLeaks. A former investigative journalist with 20 years experience who has won Iceland’s Journalist of the Year award, he began a collaboration with WikiLeaks in 2008. With founder Julian Assange preoccupied with legal battles in the UK, Hrafnsson is now the public face of the organisation.

John Cain was the Premier of Victoria from 1982 to 1990. His was the first Victorian Labor government to be elected in twenty-seven years. During his premiership, groundbreaking legislation was introduced in several areas, including the Freedom of Information Bill in 1982.

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