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Venezuela apoya declaración en favor de Wikileaks y Julián Assange (02/11/2010)

Como una iniciativa delaGlobal InvestigativeJournalism Network, periodistas y representantes de organizaciones periodísticas de 40 países suscribieron una declaración en apoyo del website de filtraciones Wikileaks y de su fundador, Julian Assange. 


Después de haber coordinado recientemente la publicación en el sitio de las mayores filtraciones de documentos militares sobre las campañas en Irak y Afganistán, Assange ha sido acusado de delitos sexuales en Suecia, y amenazado de ser acusado como espía por Estados Unidos. Assange denuncia, así mismo, presiones contra los donantes y sistemas de pago que sirven a Wikileaks, como una tentativa para asfixiar al sitio.

Ipys Venezuela se sumó a la declaración con la firma de su Director Ejecutivo, el periodista Ewald Scharfenberg.

A continuación, el texto de la declaración y los firmantes a la fecha (si usted quiere agregar su firma, vaya a http://www.globalinvestigativejournalism.org/node/168).

"Nosotros, periodistas y organizaciones periodísticas de muchos países, expresamos nuestro apoyo al señor Assange y a Wikileaks. Creemos que el señor Assange ha hecho una destacada contribución a la transparencia y escrutinio de las guerras en Afganistán e Irak; temas en los que la transparencia y el escrutinio han sido severamente restringidos por el secretismo gubernamental y el control de los medios. Ahora está siendo atacado por liberar información que nunca debió ser retenida ante el público.

Creemos que Wikileaks tiene el derecho a publicar documentos militares confidenciales porque conocer qué está ocurriendo en el terreno es del interés público. Los documentos muestran evidencias de que el gobierno de Estados Unidos engañó al público en torno a las actividades en Irak y Afganistán y que se pueden haber cometido crímenes de guerra.

¿Puso Wikileaks alguna vida en peligro?  Ha habido críticas legítimas contra Wikileaks, por no  haber procesado suficientemente los documentos antes de difundirlos, dejando así a la luz pública algunos nombres, como los de ciertos informantes. Por fortuna, no hay evidencia de que alguno haya sido herido o asesinado como resultado de ello. Notamos que Wikileaks aprendió de tal error y por tanto ha sido mucho más cuidadoso con los documentos sobre Irak.

En su conjunto, el reporte de hechos que Wikileaks hace sobre numerosos abusos y crímenes indiscutibles es, por mucho, de mayor significado que los errores ampliamente criticados sobre la edición inadecuada de los documentos.  

El señor Assange está siendo personalmente presionado por su conexión con las filtraciones militares, incluyendo amenazas de acusarlo por espionaje. El señor Assange no es más culpable de espionaje que cualquier otro periodista o informante. Se trata de un terrible precedente, contrario al gobierno abierto.

Si publicar documentos provistos por un informante constituye espionaje, entonces, cualquier otro periodista eventualmente será culpable de ese delito. El señor Assange merece nuestro apoyo y aliento frente a estos ataques.

Desde su lanzamiento en 2006, Wikileaks ha sido un recurso extraordinario para periodistas en todo el mundo, ampliando la transparencia en un momento en que los gobiernos la reducen. Aunque no se trata de un medio periodístico y no se propone serlo, su misión de informar al público y reducir el secretismo injustificado complementa y asiste a nuestro trabajo. Como  usuarios agradecidos de Wikileaks y del trabajo del señor Assange, declaramos nuestro apoyo en este momento".

Firman:

1. Knut Ivar Aarstein, Journalist at www.vol.no, (Norway)

2. Massimo A. Alberizzi Africa Correspondent, Corriere della Sera, (Italy)

3. Thomas Alling, Editor, Danish National Broadcasting Corp., (Denmark)

4. Agendia Aloysius, Freelance Journalist, (Cameroon/Sweden)

5. Brigitte Alfter, Freelance Journalist, (Denmark)

6. Timothy John Anderson, Editor, hereticpress.com, (Australia).

7. Heidi Molstad Andresen, The Foundation for Investigative Journalism (SKUP),Norway

8. Ana Arana, Directora, Fundación MEPI, Periodismo de Investigación, Tecnologico de Monterrey,

Campus Ciudad de Mexico, (Mexico)

9. Justin Arenstein, Forum for African Investigative Reporters, (South Africa)

10. Paolo Bertossa, Journalist, (Switzerland)

11. Gunvor Bjerre, Journalist (Denmark)

12. Jan-Morten Bjornbakk, Reporter Norwegian News Agency (Norway)

13. Kristina Borjesson, Investigative Reporter/TV Producer, (USA)

14. Tricia Bots, Journalism Teacher at Fontys Hogeschool, board member of Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists, (Netherlands)

15. Guilherme Brendler, Reporter, (Brazil)

16. Kim Bredesen, Freelance Journalist (Norway)

17. J.CholoBrooks, CEO Global News Network, Inc., Publisher of The Star Newspaper, (Liberia)

18. Susan Brownmiller, Author, (USA)

19. Hans Christoph Buch, Writer and Journalist, (Germany)

20. Thomas Buch-Andersen, Journalist, Danish National Public Radio (DR-P1), (Denmark)

21. Stefan Candea, TheRomanianCenterfor Investigative Journalism, (Romania)

22. Jean-Philippe Ceppi, Swiss Investigation Network, Producer Swiss Television, (Switzerland)

23. Else Christensen, Freelance Journalist, (Denmark)

24. Marc Cooper, Author and Journalist, (USA) 25. Staffan Dahllöf, Freelance Reporter, (Denmark)

26. Juliana Daibert, Repórter, (Brazil)

27. Ides Debruyne, Executive Director, The Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism,  (Belgium)

28. Piet Depuydt, Investigative Reporter at NRC Handelsblad, Chancellor Dutch-Flemish  Association of Investigative Journalists, (Belgium)

29. Danka Derifaj, Investigative Reporter, NovaTV, (Croatia)

30. Paulette Desormeaux Parra, Freelance Journalist, (Chile)

31. Luiz Carlos Duarte, Editor-geral do jornal Agora São Paulo, (Brazil)

32. Paul Fein, Freelance Journalist, (USA)

33. Lucas Ferraz, reporter, Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil)

34. Jacqueline Fowks, Reporter of IDL-Reporteros, (Peru)

35. Jan (George) Frajkor, Assoc. Prof. (Ret.)SchoolofJournalism,CarletonUniversity,Ottawa, (Canada)

36. Jan Gunnar Furuly, Journalist, daily Aftenposten/SKUP, (Norway)

37. Frank Garbely, Journalist & Documentary Director,Geneva(Switzerland).

38. Henry Gombya, Editor-in-Chief, Str8talk Chronicle,London, (UK).

39. Nicky Hager, Journalist, Author of "Secret Power:New Zealand's Role in the International Spy Network," (New Zealand),

40. Per Henrik Hansen, Freelance Journalist, (Denmark)

41. Staale Hansen, Journalist, Investigative journalism unit, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) (Norway)

42. Peter Hartung, Freelance Editor, (Denmark)

43. Frank Hartzell, News Reporter and Editor (USA)

44. Mansoor Hassan, Northwest Editor, Urdu Times, (UK)

45. Eric Hennekam, Journalism TeacherNetherlandsandBelgium, Member of Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists, (Netherlands)

46. Doug Henwood, Editor, Left Business Observer, (USA)

47. Thiago Herdy Lana, Repórter jornal O Globo (Brazil)

48. Declan Hill, Author; "The Fix: soccer and organized crime" www.howtofixafootballmatch.com, (UK)

49. Dwight Hines, IndyMedia, Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors (USA)

50. Krister Clausen Hoaas , Journalist, Bergens Tidende, (Norway)

51. Benjamin Holst, Editor at Kommunen, Co-founder of DanWatch, (Denmark)

52. Otto Hostettler, Journalist, Beobachter (Observer), (Switzerland)

53. Mark Lee Hunter, Author, "Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for investigative Journalists,"  UNESCO 2009, (France)

54. David Ibrahim, Multimedia Journalist, (Lebanon)

55. Doug Ireland, U.S. Correspondent, Bakchich magazine (France) and International Editor, Gay City News, New York City, (USA)

56. Milorad Ivanovic, Executive Editor, Blic daily,Belgrade(Serbia)

57. Barbara Iverson, Co-publisher ChicagoTalks.org, (USA) 58. Mario Augusto Jakobskind, Journalist, Member of the Council of Brazilian Press

Association/ABI, (Brazil)

59. Solveig Gram Jensen, Freelance, (France)

60. Asbjørn Slot Jørgensen, Journalist, Associate Professor Danish School of Media and Journalism, (Denmark)

61. Tommy Kaas, External Lecturer atRoskildeUniversityand Editor at Kaas & Mulvad, (Denmark)

62. Henrik Kaufholz, Asst. Foreign Editor, Politiken,Copenhagen, and Coordinator in the network  "Scoop", (Denmark)

63. Martin Kaul, Journalist, Taz-Die Tageszeitung, (Germany)

64. Stetson Kennedy, Investigative Journalist/historian/lecturer, Fellow, Society of Professional

Journalists, (USA)

65. Oleg Khomenok, SCOOP network for investigative journalists in East and Southeastern Europe coordinator, (Ukraine)

66. Andreas Klamm-Sabaot, Journalist, Radio TV IBSLiberty(UK)

67. Phillip Knightly, Author and journalist, (UK)

68. Lucy Komisar, Investigative Journalist, thekomisarscoop.com/, (USA)

69. Ketil Kristiansen, Freelance Journalist, (Norway).

70. Simon Kruse, Foreign Correspondent, (Denmark)

71. Joke Kujenya, Convenor, Media Mentors, (Nigeria)

72. Alain Lallemand, Foreign Correspondent, Le Soir, (Belgium)

73. Bjarke Larsen, Journalist, Publisher, (Denmark)

74. Paul Lashmar, Investigative Journalist and Lecturer,BrunelUniversity,London, (UK)

75. Anne Lea Landsted, Associate Professor, Centre for Journalism, University of Southern

Denmark, (Denmark)

76. Maggie Lee, Freelance Reporter, (USA)

77. Sasa Lekovic, InvestigativeJournalismCenter, (Croatia)

78. David Leloup, Freelance Journalist, (Belgium)

79. Róger Lindo, Journalist,La Opinion Newspaper, (USA)

80. Gwen Lister, Editor, The Namibian, (Namibia)

81. Bill Marsden, Reporter, The Gazette,Montreal, (Canada)

82. Barbara Matejcic, freelance journalist, (Croatia)

83. Espen Reiss Mathiesen, Asst. Prof. University of Stavanger, (Norway)

84. Patrick Mayoyo, Investigative Journalist, (Kenya/UK)

85. Gavin MacFadyen, Director, Centre for Investigative Journalism,CityUniversity,London, (UK)

86. Bibiana Piene, Journalist, Norwegian News Agency, (Norway)

87. Bruno Pires de Oliveira Mattos, Culture Producer, (Brazil)

88. Leandro Melito Ferreira, Repórter, Jornal Brasil Atual, (Brazil)

89. Yossi Melman, Haaretz, (Israel)

90. Gard L. Michalsen, Editor of Sortlands Avisa, (Norway)

91. Christian Mihr, n-ost Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe, (Germany)

92. David Miller,Spinwatch.org,Scotland, (UK) 93. Lars Møller, Reporter and External Lecturer atDanishSchoolof Media and Journalism, (Denmark)

94. Severino Motta, Reporter, Brasília (Brazil)

95. Nils Mulvad, Assistant Professor, DanishSchoolofMediaand Journalism and editor at Kaas & Mulvad, (Denmark)

96. Ricardo Nespoli, Journalist, (Brazil)

97. Patrick Nolan, Marshall Democrat-News, Marshall Missouri, (USA)

98. Lars Richard Olsen, Journalist Altaposten, (Norway)

99. Lise Olsen, Investigative Reporter, (USA)

100. Okke Ornstein, Journalist, www.ornstein.org, (Netherlands/Panama)

101. Morten Øverbye, Founder, desk.no, (Norway)

102. Gabriela Pablos, Journalist,NewsCenterof United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, (Mexico)

103. Alia Papageorgiou, Editor/Columnist, New Europe, (Belgium)

104. Jørgen Flindt Pedersen, Journalist, Former Managing Editor of Danish TV2, and Former

Chairman of the Danish Association for Investigative Journalism, (Denmark)

105. Bibiana Piene, journalist, Norwegian News Agency, (Norway)

106. Luisa Purchio Haddad, Journalist, (Brazil)

107. Paul Cristian Radu, TheRomanianCenterfor Investigative Journalism, (Romania)

108.JanErikRange, Journalist, Netmedia (Norway)

109. Gloria Reyes, International Journalist, (Germany)

110. Laura Robinson, Freelance Journalist, Member, Writers Union ofCanada(Canada)

111. Fernando Rodrigues, President, Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism, (Abraji)

(Brazil)

112. Matthew Rothschild, Editor, The Progressive, (USA)

113. Kirsten Rulf, WDR German Public TV, (Germany)

114. Armen Sargsyan, Investigative Broadcast Journalist, (Armenia)

115. Ewald Scharfenberg, Journalist, Executive Director, Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela, (Venezuela)

116. Danny Schechter, Media Channel, (USA)

117. Ben Schiller, Freelance Journalist, theschiller.com, (UK)

118. Jon Shafer, Journalist, (USA)

119. Anna Sharogradskaya, Director of the Regional Press Institute,Saint Petersburg, (Russia)

120. Joe Shea, Editor-in-Chief, www.american-reporter.com, (USA)

121. Hyonhee Shin, Business Reporter, TheKoreaHerald (South Korea)

122. Marco Sifuentes, Journalist and Blogger, (Peru)

123. Leo Sisti, Writer, Contributing Reporter at L'Espresso and Il Fatto Quotidiano, (Italy)

124. Mary Slosson, Journalist, (USA)

125. Margo Smit, Freelance Investigative Reporter, Director Dutch-Flemish Association of

Investigative Journalists, (Netherlands)

126. Marcelo Soares, Special Reporter at MTVBraziland ICIJ Member,Sao Paulo, (Brazil)

127. Barbara Probst Solomon, Author and Journalist, cultural correspondentEl País,Spain, (USA) 128. Dubes Sonego Junior, Reporter at Brasil Economico, (Brazil)

129. Katerina Spasovska, Assistant Professor,WesternCarolainUniversity/ Former Journalist,

(Macedonia)

130. Kannan Srinivasan, Former Senior Editor, Indian Express Publications,Bombay, and Kannan Srinivasan Newsletter, (Australia)

131. Kitty Stapp, North American Editor, Inter Press Service (IPS), (USA)

132. Martin Stoll, News Editor, SonntagsZeitung, (Switzerland)

133. Dominique Strebel, Reporter, Beobachter (Observer), Axel-Springer (Switzerland)

134. Carlos Subero, coordinator of DiarioLa Calleoffice in Caracas, (Venezuela)

135. Kaka Suminta, Chairman ofIndonesiaJournalist Forum, (Indonesia)

136. Drew Sullivan, Advising Editor, Center for Investigative Reporting (www.cin.ba) Organized

Crime and Corruption Reporting Project,Sarajevo, (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

137. Joy Summers, Investigative Television Producer, (South Africa)

138. Peter Svaar, Foreign Affairs Reporter, Norwegian Broadcasting Corp. (NRK)(Norway)

139. Elvis Tah,BueaCityReporter, The Post Newspaper (Cameroon)

140. Nadia Tarantini, Writer and Journalist, (Italy)

141. Marleen Teugels, Journalist-Lecturer, (Belgium)

142. Pia Thordsen, Journalist,TVSyd,Denmark

143. Serena Tinari, Journalist, RSI - Swiss Television, (Switzerland)

144. Stanimir Vaglenov, Bulgarian InvestigativeJournalismCenter, (Bulgaria)

145. Ingrid Van Daele, Investigative writer at Knack, Board Member of Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists, (Belgium)

146. Marcel van Silfhout, Investigative Reporter at VARA, Public TV, Board Member of DutchFlemish Association of Investigative Journalists, (Netherlands)

147. Constanza Vieira, Correspondent, Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, (Colombia)

148. Anne-Frédérique Widmann, Journalist, head of the investigation cell, Swiss Television (RTS), (Switzerland)

149.Ian Williams,U.S.& UN Correspondent, Tribune,London, (USA)

150. Dina Yafasova, Journalist, (Denmark)

151. Denise Zandonadi, Repórter, Jornal A Gazeta, Vitória, Espírito Santo, (Brazil)

152. Blaz Zgaga, Freelance Journalist, (Slovenia)