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Acicom brings together journalists and communication experts to discuss the phenomenon Wikileaks
JOSEP LLUÍS GALIANA
Between apocalyptic pessimism of some and the congratulations of other, the phenomenon is Wikileaks earthquake 8,8 on the Richter scale has shaken the political foundation of all Western democracies. The Citizenship and Communication Association (Acicom), concerned about the media diet of citizens and their right to a transparent and quality information, met at the Club Diario Levante journalists and communication experts to discuss the impact that 250.000 disseminated by Julian Assange cables, founder of Wikileaks, Governments have caused half the world.
The director of The Country in the Valencia Wikileaks did not hesitate to describe as "an avalanche of information, but that is not journalism '. «Periodismo, Torrent Josep Vicent recalled the definition Ventura took him a long time, is to show everything that governments want to hide, but, he added, that information must be filtered and verified to be considered journalism ". Torrent criticized governments that threaten the media for publishing Wikileaks leaks because they endanger the safety of people and states. In local key, veteran journalist denounced "the berlusconización" of our society and said that "it is easier to know how much it costs each year our military presence in Afghanistan that the Pope's visit to Valencia in 2006 '.
Among the skeptics was Javier Parra, Director of Digital Daily Republic, who said that "what matters is not what Wikileaks Assange or what will or what information is filtered or not, but the battle being waged for control of information and the Internet ". The reporter concluded that "Wikileaks is the first guns of the First World War 'Information. But first, Parra was asked "What sense does it make you want to change the world Wikileaks allying with those who have helped make as it is?», with reference to the five major newspapers have published the leaks: Country, The Guardian, The World, Der Spiegel and The New York Times.
Directly opposite and claims: "The leak of Wikileaks information is the biggest bomb I've ever lived; is a post-democratic revolution ', Emilio Garrido held the phenomenon. "It is information to be stolen in turn sought to rob the citizens', RNE clinched journalist. "This is a paradise for information for journalists, cerebral dynamite for the younger generations and a total failure of the old policy characterized by deception, lie, hypocrisy and double standards'. At the same time, Garrido charged the politicians and leaders alluded to that have not been able to launch a single correction or explanation: "An embarrassing and shameful silence".
Defending human rights
A representative of Amnesty International (AI) Valencia, Carmen Soto, Show your concern for the arrest of not only Assange but the former intelligence agent and collaborator norteamericano Creator WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning. Since AI is believed that both defendants should be treated in accordance with the presumption of innocence. Also, Soto made it clear that "reporting on human rights abuses can not be a crime and freedom of expression is a recognized international law".
Andres Boix, Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Valencia, said, "Although in Spain lack public accountability and official, the truth is that there is a lot more than you believe and which takes advantage, and believed that a society 2.0 evolved because it will not move more information but because civil society is active, critical and conscious.
"The information was in the hands of millions of civil servants'
Issachar Marin, Freewikileaks spokesman and partner Acicom, not hesitate to say that "all information published by Wikileaks was controlled 4 the 5 million civil servants and that he has done is expose Julian Assange publicly '. The web freewikileaks.eu, emerged in Spain and led by this young student of Humanities, aims to fight for freedom of expression and seeks to defend "the rights of individuals on the streets through protests'. Marino has apelaba doble PP: 'Pedagogy to teach and spread propaganda ".
For its part, Juan Perez, coordinator of the recently launched public platform Govern Obert. Attached to the Coalition for Access, Valencia this new group requires the approval of a law on access to information. Perez denounced the restriction of freedoms and the opacity of the government and said the ultimate goal of Govern Obert is that "the current representative democracy to participatory democracy evolves. Access to information, Perez said, is being violated in the suffrage, on the ballot every four years, closed lists ... "Since Govern Obert, requiring political parties "to recover for citizen participation in politics and government".
In that sense, Emilio Garrido said one of the things that Wikileaks has revealed is "the culture of censorship", and also urged participation, demanding 'more equal and transparent electoral immediate reform of the Electoral Act, open lists for Congress, personal term limits to a single term, automatic loss of seats for escapees, citizen participation in government budgets and greater ease of popular legislative initiatives ... ".
Jose Ignacio Pastor, Acicom president and moderator of the debate, criticized that "the power and treat us as consumers decide for us who have to eat '. Finally, Andres Boix warned that "as far as the communicative power of an instrument that makes all potential transmitters of information in reference to Internet, is enormous, should be especially vigilant against possible risks of unjustified cercenación this capability ".