Committee to Defend Julian Assange
DR DEEPA GOVINDARAJAN DRIVER
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.