How Wikileaks Will Transform Mainstream Media

Co-presented with the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney

Krisitnn Hrafnsson
17 June, 2011

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Wikileaks has irrupted into political life, with its revelations shocking the public and governments globally. And if it’s been tough for politics-as-usual, what about media? Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson talks frankly about the organisation’s relationship with mainstream media–and the profound legal, ethical, and political issues it poses for us all.

Kristinn Hrafnsson is the current spokesman for WikiLeaks following legal battles engulfing the organisation's founder, Julian Assange. Hrafnsson is an Icelandic investigative journalist who exposed high level criminal activity and corruption. His work on the collapse of Iceland's Kaupthing Bank caused his TV program to be taken off air and the team sacked. He joined the news team of Iceland's national broadcaster and fought against the legal suppression of further exposés about the bank drawn from documents published by WikiLeaks. Hrafnsson was subsequently made redundant from the broadcaster in July last year and began to work independently. He collaborated with the WikiLeaks organisation and called the December 2010 attacks on WikiLeaks a "privatisation of censorship".

Kristinn Hrafnsson was in Australia as a guest of Intelligence Squared Australia for the16th June debate, Wikileaks is a force for good.