Assange gets Australian peace prize

[Wikileaks News Contributor,  Zara Kingsley]

Telegraph:  The Sydney Peace Foundation awarded Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, the Sydney Peace Medal at a moving ceremony at the Frontline Club in central London yesterday. It was awarded for: “for exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights”.  

The  Sydney Peace Foundation is a non-for-profit organisation associated with the University of Sydney. It awards the Sydney Peace Prize which is the only International Peace Prize awarded in Australia.  The peace prize is supported by the City of Sydney by funding and active assistance in the humanitarian aims of the foundation.

The director of the foundation, Professor Stuart Rees, said: “By challenging centuries old practices of government secrecy and by championing people’s right to know, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have created the potential for a new order in journalism and in the free flow of information.”

Mr. Assange said that  WikiLeaks mirrored England‘s historic free speech traditions, these go back in the UK to the time of the English Civil War of the 1640……the  real value of this award, and the Sydney Peace Foundation is that it makes explicit the link between peace and justice”.

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