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.