Former Editor in Chief
Alan Rusbridger was the Editor in Chief of The Guardian from 1995 until 2015. During his editorship the paper has fought a number of high-profile battles over libel and press freedom. The paper was nominated newspaper of the year five times between 1996 and 2006. Rusbridger has been named editor of the year three times. In August 2013 Rusbridger took the decision to destroy hard drives containing information leaked to The Guardian by Edward Snowden, rather than comply with a government demand for the data. In December 2013 Rusbridger gave evidence before a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing on counterterrorism at the UK Parliament where he highlighted the essential importance of press freedom.
BREAKING THE WALL TO TRUE PRESS FREEDOM. How Open Journalism Saves Publishing in the Digital Age
The decline of many major international print outlets – due to their difficulties in adapting to the ways information is shared and consumed online today – is not news, but continues to have dramatic effects on the traditional regional and global media landscapes. Particularly evident during the recent economic crisis, this negative development forced many metropolitan dailies to sell out or shut down. The Guardian with its open journalism model, has managed to reinvent itself. As editor since 1995, Alan Rusbridger – a former reporter – oversaw the paper's complete print and digital redesign. Today theguardian.com reaches up to 100 million visitors per month and is regularly voted the best newspaper website in the world. A pioneer in turning a newspaper into a publishing platform between journalistic and non-journalistic content, Rusbridger has often found himself at the centre of battles over press freedom. During the most recent episode, British security agents forced Rusbridger to destroy hard drives which contained secret material from the Snowden leaks – a bizarre and anachronistic act, since obviously other copies had been distributed among journalists. In Berlin, Rusbridger speaks about the importance of robust journalistic institutions, the marriage of old media and new technologies – and why the digital age is proving a hard but exciting one to adapt to.