There is good reason why the free flow of information is one of the eight key areas of the culture of peace, as defined by the UN Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace
. On the one hand, it is essential for the consciousness-raising and networking that can make the transition possible from the culture of war to a culture of peace, especially in the hands of the young generation
. On the other hand, its opposite, the control of information by the state and its commercial allies, has become the chief weapon of the culture of war
Whistleblowers have often paid a heavy price for their contribution to the free flow of information; for example Mordecai Vanunu, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, not to mention Chelsea Manning and the LuxLeakers mentioned in the articles below.
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Groundswell of support for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange
Daniel Ellsberg Speaks Out on the Arrest of Julian Assange
Remembering the Crimes of the Powerful Exposed by Wikileaks’ Julian Assange
2019 World Press Freedom Index – A cycle of fear
Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is “Scandalous” and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S.
UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights
Nobel Peace Laureate Maguire Requests UK Home Office for Permission to Visit Her Friend Nobel Peace Nominee Julian Assange ln Prison in London
Red Cross, UN Slam ‘Politicised’ USAID Humanitarian Assistance to Venezuela
What do the people of Venezuela want?
What the Press Hides from You about Venezuela — A Case of News-Suppression
US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
Cuba: International Conference for Peace and “World Balance” Supports Venezuela
Venezuela: An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolás Maduro
US attack on Venezuela: alternative media coverage
More Than 300 Newspapers Denounce Trump Attacks on the Press
USA; Panel discussion on news and a ‘culture of peace’
LuxLeaks: The case and the latest news from Luxembourg
LuxLeaks: L’affaire et l’actu en Luxembourg
Following Chelsea Manning’s commutation, UN expert urges pardons for other whistleblowers
USA: On Strip Searches and Press Freedom in North Dakota
IWPR’s Syria Coordinator Wins Landmark Freedom of Speech Prize
2016 World Press Freedom Index – leaders paranoid about journalists
Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse 2016 : la paranoïa des dirigeants contre les journalistes
Clasificación Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa 2016: la paranoia de los dirigentes frente a los periodistas
US: Privacy Activists Rally Around Apple in ‘Most Important Tech Case in a Decade’
United Nations: Whistleblowers Need Protection
Open Data – Still Closed to Latin American Communities
Video: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald & David Miranda Call for Global Privacy Treaty
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