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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 6:30PM - Public Forum: WikiLeaks, Assange and democracy: Don’t shoot the messenger

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam will speak at a public forum in Sydney tomorrow evening presented by the Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition and supported by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.

The aggressive response of governments and corporations to the work of publishing organisation WikiLeaks raises serious questions about the future of the internet, government and corporate accountability, and freedom of speech.

WikiLeaks has provided an extraordinary window into the reality of government corruption, diplomacy and war. As a result, corporations including Mastercard, Visa and PayPal launched a simultaneous economic blockade on the group, and WikiLeaks staff, in particular editor-in-chief Julian Assange, have been subject to a campaign of sustained harassment and surveillance.

We rely on the courage of journalists, whistle-blowers and publishers to expose the truth, and they need us to stand up for them when powerful interests try to shoot the messenger.

Join us for a conversation on war and WikiLeaks, and plug into the fascinating campaign for transparency and freedom of expression online:

WikiLeaks, Assange and democracy: Don't shoot the messenger

Chair: Mary Kostakidis, broadcaster and former chairperson of the Sydney Peace Foundation


• Jennifer Robinson, lawyer for Julian Assange
• Christine Assange, activist and mother of Julian Assange
• Humphrey McQueen, historian - Australian National University
• Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens spokesperson for communications

Door opens at 6pm for a 6.30pm start
17th February 2012
Entry by gold coin donation
University of Technology Sydney
City - Broadway CB02 Level 4, Room 13 (entrance level)




Contact: Anne or Helen - 0404 090 710 / 0413 381 408


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