Journalists and Whistleblowers in an Era of Mass Surveillance
Journalists and Whistleblowers in an Era of Mass Surveillance: What’s at stake for freedom of expression and national security
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Irina Borogan, Deputy Editor, Agentura.ru
Anuška Delić, Investigative Journalist, Slovenian daily Delo
The disclosures of mass surveillance by the NSA and other security agencies by the whistleblower Edward Snowden have been met with a sense of outrage, particularly outside the United States, principally on the grounds of the human right to privacy. Yet the nature and degree of the mass surveillance that has been exposed as well as states’ responses to the publication of the revelations by the Guardian and other newspapers have also impacted upon freedom of expression, particularly that of journalists, as well as of the public at large. This event will ask a number of questions concerning the rights of journalists and whistleblowers in the face of states’ reliance on national security based arguments to justify their mass surveillance programmes.
This event is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom pilot program framework. The project is carried out by SPP’s Center for Media, Data and Society and European University Institute’s Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom.