SPJ Pleased With Judge’s Ruling in WikiLeaks Case

By: E&P Staff

Leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists are pleased with a district court?s decision to dissolve a permanent injunction against WikiLeaks host Dynadot, and to deny the motion for a preliminary injunction against Wikileaks ? a Web site that invites people to post leaked material to discourage unethical behavior by corporations and governments.

SPJ Leaders argued that the judge?s previous order amounted to prior restraint against a Web site that disseminates information submitted by whistleblowers.

SPJ joined several media organizations in an amicus brief in support of Wikileaks. The case, which many experts believe presents a major test to First Amendment rights in the Internet era, was brought to the federal court in San Francisco by Julius Baier Bank and Trust.

The bank, which is based in the Cayman Islands, alleges that an ex-employee provided stolen documents to Wikileaks in violation of a confidentiality agreement and banking laws.

In this case, a source reportedly submitted papers that showed money laundering and tax evasion schemes at the bank?s Cayman Islands branch.

Other media groups signing the amicus brief included: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Scripps Howard, Associated Press, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Gannett and the Newspaper Association of America.

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