“CitizenFour”

Following the documentary “Citizenfour” it follows a guy named Edward Snowden who formerly worked with the government intelligence agency with the intention to fight terrorism. But in the process, he leaked top secret information that the government isn’t too happy about. In doing so, he thought ahead and camped out in Hong Kong and planned out each of his moves carefully so he doesn’t bring attention to himself and the people he associated with. Alongside Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Andrew Swartz should be known in the journalism world because they broke out of the government structure and believed in the human murals. They exposed the behind the scenes as to what actually occurs and brought  up the question , is it wrong to be 100% truthful or is it right to keep information that could possibly hurt your creditably?

Following the documentary “Citizenfour” it followed a guy named Edward Snowden who formerly worked with the government intelligence agency. His intention was to fight terrorism. In doing so, he thought ahead and camped out in Hong Kong and planned out each of his moves carefully so he didn’t bring attention to himself and the people he associated himself with. But in the process, he leaked top-secret information that the government isn’t too happy about. Laura Poitras, an American documentary film director/producer receives an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself, “Citizen Four”. He then agrees to provide her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies. In attendance with investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian intelligence reporter, she travels to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who reveals himself as Edward Snowden.

Alongside Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Andrew Swartz should be known in the journalism world because they broke out of the government structure and believed in the human murals. They exposed the behind the scenes as to what actually occurs and brought  up the question , is it wrong to be 100% truthful or is it right to keep information that could possibly hurt your creditably?

The key issues at hand is basically what isn’t the government telling us? Are we being told everything? Are we just a pond to the government and they control the entire game of chess? All these questions and no answers. Names like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning (Bradley Manning and Aaron Swartz are important in the journalism world because they provide a voice for those who question media reporting. They also took action upon themselves to figure out why thigs are the way they are. That’s the true definition of journalism to me.

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