The courage of Mordecai Vanunu and other whistle-blowers, How can we emulate it in our lives?

Whistle-blowers may be considered as very important actors for a culture of peace.  As described on the CPNN page for values, attitudes and actions for a culture of peace, the culture of war is characterized by propaganda, secrecy, government control of media, militaristic language and censorship while the culture of peace is characterized by the free flow and sharing of information.  Whistle-blowers break the back of secrecy directly and dramatically.

Mordecai Vanunu’s courage continues the tradition of Daniel Ellsberg, who made known the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War and Karen Silkwood, who exposed nuclear pollution in the United States.  Ellsberg was persecuted by President Nixon and Karen Silkwood was murdered, as described some years ago in a very fine film starring Meryl Streep.

As the amount of government secrecy continues to increase, we may expect that the number of whistle-blowers will also tend to increase in the years to come.

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

Daniel Ellsberg Has Passed Away. He Left Us a Message.

Moscow TV protester plays ‘Russian roulette’ with risky comeback

US: Why Daniel Hale Deserves Gratitude, Not Prison

Glen Greenwald : My New Book on Journalism, Exposing Corruption, and the Resulting Risks, Dangers and Societal Changes

Following Chelsea Manning’s commutation, UN expert urges pardons for other whistleblowers

LuxLeaks: L’affaire et l’actu en Luxembourg

LuxLeaks: The case and the latest news from Luxembourg

Film: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

An Easter letter about Mordecai Vanunu

Another Pulitzer for reporting classified info

‘Snowden did it for all of us’

International Peace Bureau awards the Sean MacBride Peace Prize to US whistleblower Bradley Manning

Interview with Edward Snowden:  The Latest Whistleblower

Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu wins 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

La periodista etíope Reeyot Alemu gana el premio UNESCO-Guillermo Cano de Libertad de Prensa 2013

La journaliste éthiopienne Reeyot Alemu lauréate du Prix mondial de la liberté de la presse UNESCO/Guillermo Cano 2013

Whistleblowers Recognized for Courage, Sacrifice