Support the Video Petition !

Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and others have signed, how about you?


Text of Petition:
As journalists, activists, artists, scholars and citizens, we condemn the array of threats and attacks on the journalist organization WikiLeaks. After the website’s decision, in collaboration with several international media organizations, to publish hundreds of classified State Department diplomatic cables, many pundits, commentators and prominent U.S. politicians have called for harsh actions to be taken to shut down WikiLeaks’ operations.

Major corporations like, PayPal, MasterCard and Visa have acted to disrupt the group’s ability to publish. U.S. legal authorities and others have repeatedly suggested, without providing any evidence, that WikiLeaks’ posting of government secrets is a form of criminal behavior–or that at the very least, such activity should be made illegal. “To the extent there are gaps in our laws,” Attorney General Eric Holder proclaimed (11/29/10), “we will move to close those gaps.”

Throughout this episode, journalists and prominent media outlets have largely refrained from defending WikiLeaks’ rights to publish material of considerable news value and obvious public interest. It appears that these media organizations are hesitant to stand up for this particular media outlet’s free speech rights because they find the supposed political motivations behind WikiLeaks’ revelations objectionable.

But the test for one’s commitment to freedom of the press is not whether one agrees with what a media outlet publishes or the manner in which it is published. WikiLeaks is certainly not beyond criticism. But the overarching consideration should be the freedom to publish in a democratic society–including the freedom to publish material that a particular government would prefer be kept secret. When government officials and media outlets declare that attacks on a particular media organization are justified, it sends an unmistakably chilling message about the rights of anyone to publish material that might rattle or offend established powers.

We hereby stand in support of the WikiLeaks media organization, and condemn the attacks on their freedom as an attack on journalistic freedoms for all.

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3 thoughts on “Support the Video Petition !

  1. I wanted to sign the petition,but Fair wants my e-mail details and such.Who are they and why can’t it be a petition from here?Feel uncomfortable to give details to them.I am a Wiki leaks fan,but don’t like going to others sites to prove it.Thank you.

  2. Hi Jacky. The petion is legit and has been endorsed by some high profile people. As with any other petition, your e mail will be required. I signed this a long time and I can confirm it is perfectly okay although I do understand your concerns and the decision to sign or not is yours alone.
    We are just publishing this petition as we endorse it ourselves 🙂

  3. Julian Assange risk so much for us and I will risk for his freedom. 😉
    We should not be afraid, it is question of the number also. How they will penalize few milion people? They need our tax money, we have to push them to respect our desires. 🙂

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