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Under arrest: The future of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks | The Listening Post (Full)

2019-04-13 | Under arrest: The future of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks | The Listening Post (Full)

On The Listening Post this week: Journalism on trial - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces extradition after arrest in London. Plus, the journalists who exposed Malaysia's 1MDB scandal.

Under arrest: The future of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

Six years, nine months, three weeks, two days after taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy, the impasse was broken when Julian Assange was dragged out of the building by British police in response to an extradition request from the United States.

When it comes to media personalities and stories about the news and journalism, there are few that come bigger than Assange and WikiLeaks.

Assange stands charged with "a conspiracy to commit computer intrusion," and his extradition could have wider implications for journalists in the digital age.

The Listening Post sits down with WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson to discuss what's at stake for the media and Assange's chances of getting a fair trial.


Kristinn Hrafnsson - WikiLeaks editor

The media backstory behind Malaysia's 1MDB corruption case
Last week, Malaysia's former prime minister, Najib Razak, went on trial over one of the biggest corruption scandals the world has ever seen. The media shorthand for the case is 1MDB - since it involves a sovereign wealth fund by the same name that Najib set up. The fund lost billions of dollars - almost $700m of which is alleged to have ended up in his own bank account.

The Malaysian media are all over the story, but it wasn't always that way. Under Najib's government there were red lines that reporters - and the news outlets they work for - feared to cross. And if not for a British journalist running a website out of London, one business newspaper in Kuala Lumpur, and a secret meeting that took place in Singapore, Malaysians might not know about any of this.

The Listening Post's Flo Phillips reports on the media backstory behind the 1MDB scandal.


Clare Rewcastle Brown - Editor, The Sarawak Report
Ho Kay Tat - Publisher, The Edge Media Group
Zaini Hassan - Former Deputy Assistant Editor, Utusan Malaysia (1989-2018) &
Editorial advisor, bebasnews.my
Gayathry S. Venkiteswaran - Assistant professor, School of Media, Languages and
Cultures, University of Nottingham, Malaysia

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