Mainz Media Forum: Media Freedom and National Security – The Implications of WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks caused great consternation in 2010 by releasing confidential governmental documents, including diplomatic correspondence and other sensitive documents. The release was heavily criticized by governments who threatened to criminally prosecute those responsible for the leaks, and seeking ways to prevent further disclosures. Free speech advocates welcomed the leaks as a window into the inner-workings of government.

The leaks also reveal the power of the Internet. With the click of a computer mouse, WikiLeaks was able to disseminate the documents around the world. In this symposium, we will comparatively examine how WikiLeaks can be dealt with (or, conversely, is protected) under U.S., German and EU law.

Can governments prevent the leaks, and can they criminally prosecute those responsible for the leaks? Are the leaks protected under free speech principles? We are looking forward to discuss these questions, present difficulties, expected developments, and possible future solutions with you.

Die Veranstaltung hat am 28. April 2011 in Englisch stattgefunden.


Professor Dr. Dieter Dörr
Direktor des Mainzer Medieninstituts, 
Universitätsprofessor am Fachbereich Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


Professor Russell L. Weaver
Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, USA

Dr. Tobias O. Keber
Akademischer Rat, Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, Europarecht, Völkerrecht und Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht (Professor Dr. Udo Fink) an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


Professor Dr. Mark D. Cole
Professur für das Recht der neuen Informationstechnologien, Medien- und Kommunikationsrecht, Universität