Unprison your conscience

This is a reaction to the transcript of Julian Assange’s interview by Fran Kelly of ABC Radio National’s ‘Breakfast’ program on 9 March 2012.  Every Australian should read or listen to the interview:


We Australians are so laid back we could be called apathetic.  Do we think that freedom of speech is sacred here?  We slumber on, believing we are so progressive down under in what we take for a democracy that we don’t have to worry about being deprived of freedom of expression.  Are we so proud of being Australian that we really think there is no need to be vigilant and active to ensure that our media will allow us to keep on exposing war crimes and atrocities?
How many of us let someone else protest this week that a new majority shareholder in a media company was trying to stifle responsible reporting of her internal family spat in case it startled the bourses?  Jon Faine was that someone else, almost a lone voice, on Melbourne ABC’s local radio, 774.
Now is the time to use all the available technology to get with the Zeitgeist of the Aquarian Age. I point out as a fact that this era has traditionally been supposed to involve mass communications of an enlightened sort. So what if it’s just a coincidence?  It’s happening all around the world. Citizens with healthy consciences and a sense of responsibility are changing the way the planet operates. 
Speak up, because you can.  Sign a petition, write a Tweet or blog, phone a friend — anything, but let’s do it now, so that if tomorrow we’re a victim of that proverbial bus (or tank in some regimes run by psychopaths) we will at least have done one small thing to encourage and support the braver ones than we, who stand up and fight for the rights we Australians take so dangerously for granted.


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I'm an editor at Quillpower PR Publishing. Specialising in 'things that are lovely and of good report'. I work with writers to gently brush away irrelevancies to reveal the buried treasure, or chisel meaning from a block of text. As an accredited editor (Inst. Prof. Editors Ltd) with experience in advertising, public relations, news and feature writing and editing for all media I help communicators put a professional shine on their message. But here on the blog, it's after hours, and I may do an elongated tweet every now and then, point up an absurdity, or simply post one of my ancient scribbles before it and I crumble into dust. BTW, WordPress chooses the ads (if any) on my blog. Quid pro quo.
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