The magnitude of this violation of phone call confidentiality speaks volumes about a political readiness to ride roughshod over the right to data privacy and the right to protect one's sources, the cornerstone of journalistic work.
Today, the Freedom of the Press Foundation has published an audio recording of Bradley Manning's speech to a military court from two weeks ago, in which he gives his reasons and motivations behind leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks.
Despite the great loss, foreign journalists were mourned by the whole world, obituaries were written after them, books and TV programs were dedicated in their memory- an after death remembrance Syrian journalists dying on a daily basis haven't enjoyed.
Two senior editors at India's widely watched Zee News were arrested last week by police in New Delhi on charges of extortion, leading to a massive debate in the world's largest democracy on the state of Indian media.
So a regulator underpinned by statute is a bad thing? This is certainly the view put forward by the voluble Tim Luckhurst, professor of journalism at the University of Kent, who has quite clearly spelled out that statute equals loss of free speech, no free press, and censorship.
Pakistan has announced a reward of 50 million rupees (approximately $520,000) for anyone with information about people involved in a failed plot to assassinate a renowned television journalist last week in Islamabad, the nation's capital.
The bloody toll of the Felipe Calderon's six-year presidency cemented Mexico's place among the most dangerous countries on the planet for journalists, with nearly 1,000 attacks on news media and their employees, and also for human rights campaigners and associated activists.
Lack of action on the part of the Pakistani government against those who attack the media is increasingly undermining freedom of the press and also jeopardizing the safety of journalists and their families.
For a week, Washington D.C. was home. I led a handful of college students here to observe the U.S. presidential elections and cover the event as cub reporters. For the first few days we camped out in a hotel blocks from the White House and braved Hurricane Sandy.
Deploring the "excesses of free speech" may be a wise move tactically but, in the long term, it jeopardizes freedom of information, which is a prerequisite for political, economic and social development.