Whatever our grievances with the misconduct of a select few in the media, we should be far more wary of the power of the crowd. After all, wasn't it the public that gobbled up these gossip column inches in the first place? If people don't buy it, the press won't print it.
In October 2011, Reporters Without Borders, long banned in Tunisia, opened their bureau in Tunis. They chose to simultaneously launch a national campaign on freedom of speech's role in building a democracy. As a slogan they chose: "Free Until When?"
So could the closure of Wikileaks end up generating a new type of journalist? One that has the freedom to release the other half of the story, one that has the freedom to speak the whole truth and nothing but the truth? I certainly hope so, and believe that we are seeing it already.