The major threat to Freedom of the Press
Amazing haven't played lol in three days as am so interested in Snowden NSA leaks. One of the major aspects of this case, that is not being reported, is how NSA surveliance has destroyed the Freedom of the press.
Wiki definition is
Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through mediums including various electronic media and published materials. While such freedom mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state, its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections.
The key to freedom of the press is to be able to report on major injustices or corruption, otherwise all the press is doing, are media releases or propaganda for whoever owns the press.
The major way journalists are able to break stories is by getting scoops through people that have an understanding of the story. So there has to be communication between Journalist and the whistle blower. If no communication can take place because you are in a surveillance state then how can the story be reported.
The key has always been journalist not giving their sources but under a surveillance state you cant keep you sources secret as they can track you through the meta data. So you have a system where people are not able to showcase their corruption unless it is in the best interest of one of the owners of the media company.
Edward Snowden is different as he knows how to communicate with journalist as he has access to the surveillance methods. So if the major corruption is coming from government how is the press supposed to report on it in a surveillance state.
Below is Debate by Chrish hodges which man clear of this idea that Press Freedoms have been lost.