Defender of WikiLeaks Director, Gavin MacFadyen, Dead
WikiLeaks is a Political Organization, considered a team whistleblowers on overcorruption within the US political System.
Gavin MacFadyen, who was a big defender of this organization has died mysteriously at age 76. You may have heard the word “Wikileaks” quite often recently. Infact, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s Final Debate got a little heated over the “Weakileaks” conversation.
Well the 30, 000 emails Hillary Clinton deleted, which she stated were just pics of her children and other random stuff, let’s just say on March 16, 2016 WikiLeaks supposedly, launched a searchable archive for the 30,322 emails & email attachments sent to and from Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was Secretary of State.
If these Wikileaks Documents some how were to surface, this could prevent Hillary Clinton from being our First Female President of the United States of America. Now I know what you all are thinking, but R.I.P. to one of the GREATEST Government Whistleblowers and Investigative Journalist.
A Released Statement from Susan Benn on Behalf of Gavin MacFadyen:
Over his lifetime Gavin was a fierce defender of justice and human rights around the world. He was a warm, caring, larger-than-life person who, as many will attest, engendered love and respect from all who met him. His life and how he lived it were completely in sync with the principles that he held dear and practiced as a journalist and educator – to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Gavin founded the Centre for Investigative Journalism in 2003 to address the worsening media climate for in-depth, sceptical and adversarial reporting. Over the next 13 years he helped train thousands of reporters from over 35 countries, many of which are places where journalism is under attack and those who speak out are at enormous risk. His students have gone on to great things in their careers and can point to Gavin as a mentor and inspiration. He has touched countless lives; his steadfast support for whistleblowers and journalists working in difficult environments has saved and given succor to some of the globe’s most threatened individuals and groups. He was the model of what a journalist should be.
Gavin was one of life’s bravest, most passionate and courageous souls. Prior to CIJ, as an investigative journalist, Gavin produced and directed more than 50 investigative documentaries, many for Granada Television’s World In Action. They covered countries as diverse as Britain, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Guyana, South Africa, Mexico, Hong Kong, Thailand, the US, Sweden, India and Turkey. He was banned from Apartheid South Africa, the Soviet Union, and attacked by British Neo-Nazis because of his films. The volume and quality of his body of work is unparalleled.
His loyalty to those under attack from powerful forces, particularly whistleblowers and journalistic groups like WikiLeaks, will remain a beacon for years to come.
His commitment to exposing the true nature of power was his life force. He spearheaded the creation of a journalistic landscape which has irrevocably lifted the bar for ethical and hard-hitting reporting. Gavin worked tirelessly to hold power to account. He once said “Good journalism is always political journalism.”
We want to catalogue all the memories and stories that people have about Gavin on our website. Please email GavinTributes@tcij.org with your thoughts, stories, anecdotes, photos, videos, interviews, and anything else about Gavin that you want to share. Help us celebrate this wonderful, unique, and inspirational human being.