Slide Joseph Farrell - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Felicity Ruby - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

joseph farrell

Slide Felicity Ruby - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Nils Melzer - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

felicity ruby

'The enduring courage of whistleblowers and activists standing up and organizing keeps my hope alive'
Slide Nils Melzer - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Naomi Colvin -validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

nils melzer

'Don't look for the light elsewhere, but light your own candle, and make people see'
Slide Naomi Colvin -validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Bean - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

naomi colvin

'The disclosure and distribution of important information sometimes relies on individuals going against the grain. Those activities, and those people, should be protected because they are valuable'
Slide Bean - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Suzanne Gilbert - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

bean

'Compassion — empathy plus action — must surely be the foundation of our values'
Slide Suzanne Gilbert - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Jacob Appelbaum - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

suzanne gilbert

'Courage is the most important of all the virtues'
Slide Jacob Appelbaum - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Barbora Bukovská - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

jacob appelbaum

'we are entropy'
Slide Barbora Bukovská - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Niels Ladefoged - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

barbora bukovská

'We need courage to defend our values against repression, cowardice, prejudice, inequality and injustice'
Slide Niels Ladefoged - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Angela Richter - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

niels ladefoged

'Values are the lifelong pursuit of the ideal in ourselves and others'
Slide Angela Richter - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Fidel Narváez - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

angela richter

Slide Fidel Narváez - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Renata Ávila - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

fidel narváez

'I believe we owe our freedom to the heroes of past generations who fought with their lives for it'
Slide Renata Ávila - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Davide Dormino - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

renata ávila

Slide Davide Dormino - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Stefania Maurizi - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

davide dormino

'Art arrives where politics and justice fail: Therefore changing our perception of the present'
Slide Stefania Maurizi - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) John Shipton - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

stefania maurizi

'I will leave no stone unturned to allow journalists and sources to expose war crimes and to live free and safe after exposing them'
Slide John Shipton - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Committee to Defend Julian Assange - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

john shipton

'In these times of astonishing corruption, Truth and integrity, faith and patience, generosity and joy, the wonderful virtues of life are measured as impediments to living'
Slide Committee to Defend Julian Assange - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Jérémie Zimmermann -validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

Committee to Defend Julian Assange

'Democracy can and should have an educated say in public life'
Slide Jérémie Zimmermann -validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Diani Barreto - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

jérémie zimmermann

'I value the freedom to experiment, to make mistakes, to learn, and to question everything including myself and the structures of power and authority'
Slide Diani Barreto - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Craig Murray - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

diani barreto

'Truth-telling is an act of lèse majesté'
Slide Craig Murray - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis) Edith Ballantyne - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

craig murray

Slide Edith Ballantyne - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

edith ballantyne

'Truth and justice must prevail to have peace'
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Tracy Worcester

'If Julian Assange loses his freedom we lose our freedom to speak truth to power'
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Cristina Godoy-Navarrete

'Solidarity, justice and resistance are beautiful words and principles that we must keep present in our minds, hearts and actions'
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John Rees

The most important question, the question to which all other questions lead is ‘what is to be done?’
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Barnaby Nerberka

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Juan Passarelli

'Our right to communicate is our most important right'
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SARA VIVACQUA

'The truth is always a radical process'
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SARA VIVACQUA

'I believe that all of us have a duty to step up & make personal sacrifices to make the world a better place for others'
Slide Joseph Farrell - validvalues.org (photo by Richard Lahuis)

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About Valid Values

On Valid Values you can find portraits and personal values of people who are linked to WikiLeaks in various ways. Among them are human rights lawyers- and activists, artists, journalists and ambassadors.

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is charged by the US government with publishing war crimes committed by that same government. He could face 175 years in jail.

Democracy is in danger when it becomes a crime to publish truthful information. This isn’t just an attack on journalism. It’s an attack on the future of democracy.

The values of governments that start wars by lies, manipulate the media with propaganda and spin, violate human rights or commit war crimes are evident. They don’t care much about truth, transparency or the rule of law.

In a real democracy the media would monitor, investigate and report misconducts by governments to give the public a balanced view. When journalists are colluding with governments, that balance is gone.

Shortly after publishing the war crimes, Julian Assange became victim of a campaign to manipulate the public opinion with lies, fabricated evidence and made-up allegations. After investigating the case, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture stated: “In 20 years of work with victims of war and political persecution I have never seen democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual with so little regard for the law”.

The values of Christine Assange, mother of Julian Assange

Live simply with curiosity, creativity, ingenuity & resourcefulness.
Respect instinct & nature. Feel empathy. Show kindness.
Search for the truth.
Think critically & independently not ideologically.
Act realistically, practically & strategically.
Stand up for justice & freedom.
Find the courage to stand alone for your principles.