IF IT IS TRUE AND IF IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
- IT WILL BE PUBLISHED!
That must remain or become again the guideline of proper journalism.
Britain's Ambassador to Washington Sir Kim Darroch claimed that Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal as an act of 'diplomatic vandalism' to spite his predecessor Barack Obama - a leaked cable reveiled.
The cable was included in a second batch of leaked reports published by the Mail on Sunday newspaper, the first of which caused Darroch to resign earlier this week.
Or Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Simegnish “Lily” Mengesha and Dawit Kebede from Ethiopia or Jamal Khashoggi and Nikolai Andrushchenko ... the list of persecuted or killed journalists is long.
And now London's Metropolitan Police, who had earlier abducted Julian Assange from the Ecudorian embassy, warned the Mail on Sunday journalists they woul come atr them, while hunting for the leaker or whistlblower.
And those who investigate and tell us the truth must be protected from being killed like Gerry Webb and others.
Gary Webb, the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who broke the story of the CIAs involvement in the importation of cocaine into the U.S., died December 10, 2004, reportedly from self-inflicted gunshots to the head. It was a tragic end to a brilliant, and tragic, career.
In August 1996, the San Jose Mercury News published Webbs 20,000 word, three-part series entitled Dark Alliance.
The articles detailed the nexus between a California coke kingpin, CIA officials and assets and the Nicaraguan Contra army, whose funding had been cut off by an act of Congress in the mid-80s.
Webb found evidence that the CIA had direct contact with the smugglers, knew the proceeds were going to fund the murderous Contras, and tried to cover it up when other law enforcement agencies began investigating.
The most troubling aspect to the story was that the central player was no ordinary drug lord. He was the man many credit for popularizing crack, the highly addictive, smoke-able form of cocaine.
For many African-Americans, the story smacked of a grand conspiracy to destroy the black community. There were rallies in Watts and Compton, and heated discussions on black media across the country. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus called for a federal investigation. In November 1996, CIA director John Deutch appeared at Locke High School in South Central Los Angeles to personally answer to the allegations. He was met with loud jeers. It was a PR disaster.
But it was Webb who found himself on the ropes. Ironically, the CIA did little to publicly counter his allegations. Instead, the media did its dirty work for them, most notably the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. The mainstream media accused Webb of exaggerating his findings.
Webb was found dead with two bullets in his head - tagged as "suicide" - and this clear assassination was never fully investigated.