Monday, August 20, 2012
Freedom of Expression
On the day Julian Assange was granted political asylum by the Government of Ecuador, Democracy Now discussed the implications of abandoning international legal protections of journalists and publishers like Wikileaks. The day after UK police attempted to invade the Ecuadoran embassy, Julian Assange addressed the citizens of London from the balcony of the Ecuadoran embassy on the topic of shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful, in particular the US war on whistleblowers. In the same week that three members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot were imprisoned in Russia for singing about government corruption, Assange's claim that rogue state unity in oppression must be met by civil society determination in response required no further elaboration.