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Support Rudolf Elmer
Check-out our new interview with Rudolf Elmer, with lots of exclusives, following Switzerland's reinforcement of its war on whistleblowers.
February 22 2014
Read the latest updates and exclusive publications of our campaign to support Rudolf Elmer!
August 2 2013
After being charged with several offenses, but not of aiding the enemy, Bradley Manning's defense is working on a proposal of merging the charges in three categories with the aim to reduce the maximum potential sentence from 136 years to 80 years in prison.
August 1 2013
Finally Edward Snowden has received refugee papers from russian authorities, which will allow him to stay in Russia for one year, renewable. He has already received a job offer in user data protection from the founder of a large social network company, VK.
Below is an interview on RT with his father Lon Snowden, who strongly supports and defends his son's courageous act:
July 12 2013
Edward Snowden accepts all asylum offers, however due to the high risk associated with traveling by airplane he stays in Russia for the time being.
His statement here.
July 10 2013
- Russell Tice, a former NSA analyst turned whistleblower eight years ago, tried unsuccessfully to alert the media on the agency's massive surveillance on Americans including top politicians. A must-watch:
- Alex Gibney, the US government apologist and propagandist who made the video bit he would like to call a documentary, gets legitimately roasted at the Frontline Club in Lodon. This should send to would-be documentary makers on Wikileaks, Assange and other dissident individuals and organizations the message that people and journalists don't want to see that kind of propaganda anymore:
July 9 2013
We hear worrying reports that ours friends Memet Ali Alabora, Meltem Arikan, and Pinar Ogun who have been behind the first massively digital play Mi Minor are being the targets of avicious smear campaign by some newspapers. Read Meltem's post on her website.
This sounds like opportunists who have been waiting for an excuse to attack Memet Ali, Meltem, and Pinar, and have finally found one in the recent riots that took place across Turkey.
Memet Ali, Meltem and Pinar are prominent figures of the cultural, theater and movie scenes in Turkey and abroad, and have been actively promoting democratic values and the right to a better life for their fellow citizens.
One of the vicious accusations is that the play Mi Minor was a "rehearsal" of the riots; not only is this ridiculously and intentionally exaggerating the power of a play, no matter how brilliantly it has been written, played, and supported by the playwright, the cast and the crew, but it is also a presemptuous and cynical attempt to explain how and why massive public protests take place.
All affirmations that the play Mi Minor was a rehearsal of the recent Turkish riots are consequently simply preposterous.
We however take these accusations very seriously, and worry about our friends' well-being and basic rights. These attacks generally aim to prepare the public opinion for further attacks on the persons targeted. Or can simply be threats intended to muzzle them.
In both cases we find these attacks unacceptable.
We consequently call on all activists and organizations that defend freedom of speech and expression (and art is one of the greatest forms of expression) to stay alert and keep an eye on further developments on this website and on our Twitter account, and to get ready to take action if these threats do not cease immediately.
July 8 2013
The second part of the interview with Edward Snowden (by Glenn Greewald and Laura Poitras) is now available online. Among other things he explains why he joined the intelligence community years ago.
July 5 2013
An amazing exchange where students question NSA recruiters at a recruiting session:
July 4 2013
- Lots of good news these days, now regarding Rudolf Elmer who won a partial victory against two Swiss newspapers -Weltwoche and Bilanz- who defamed him (one called him a "data thief", and now a court says it has 20 days to come with proof of that).
July 3 2013
- We wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Julian Assange!
- Great victory for Wikileaks: Mastercard abandons its financial blockade most likely following the decision of an Icelandic court. You can again make donations by credit card here. Another court claim will still deal with the compensation for losses, estimated by Wikileaks at 55,9 million Euros. Read Wikileaks' statement.
- You have certainly heard of the incredible "incident" that took place last night (Paris time) consisting of several EU countries (namely France, Italy, and Portugal - UPDATE: and also Spain) closing their air-space or the possibility of refueling to the bolivian presidential plane, which carried the Bolivian president Evo Morales and the Bolivian Defense Minister.
July 2 2013
We are certain a country will step forward and offer him a passport so that he can move forward with his asylum requests and travel to a safe country (it will probably be the same one that will offer him a passport). Any courageous/no-US-lap-dog EU country out there???
July 1 2013
- Join our petition to the European Union Commission and EU governments to ask for a review of EU relations with the US in the wake of the PRISM massive espionage scandal.
- Edward Snowden is said to be in Moscow airport's international area (that is he hasn't really crossed the russian border). His fate seems to be quite dependent on Russia's policy toward his case. Below an interview with president Putin on the PRISM scandal, US foreign policy, the Occupy Movement and other international affairs topics:
June 30 2013
Leaked slides of the NSA PRISM program are available now. The two examples below show you when which US companies have joined the program and what they provided (and still provide) the NSA with:
June 29 2013
New revelations coming from whistleblower Edward Snowden's leaks: it appears the NSA was also spying on the EU diplomats in Washington, New York, and even Brussels.
This revelation, with more certainly to be published in the next days and weeks (Snowden has leaked thousands of documents), shows that the US has no control over its surveillance agencies (we believe everyone is already familiar with some of the CIA's repulsive actions), which supports our argument that it has become one of the most toxic states for investigative journalists and pro-transparency activists.
Here is an illustration of how the CIA sees massive internet spying, that it calls "Big Data exploitation", by its Chief Technology Officer:
June 23 2013
On the occasion of the first anniversary of Julian Assange's refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, our president Mehdi Taïleb has given a short interview to Voice of Russia's UK bureau. Read more.
June 17 2013
In addition to Turkey, citizens are protesting in Brazil against politicians' excesses. They are also met with a harsh police repression.
A good video on why the protests are taking place, and what you can do about it:
June 16 2013
The mounting violence of the crackdown on #OccupyGezi protesters in Turkey and the harsh criticism made by the premier Erdogan against social media lead us to believe that the Turkish government might start a sophisticated internet censorship and control campaign soon.
We urge Turkish activists to take all necessary precautions to protect themselves. Here is a good place to start: our guide for a safer internet.
We'd like to also share this powerful video that sums up quite well the excessive force of the government crackdown on protesters:
June 11 2013
Another exceptionally gifted citizen comes forward to expose US government crimes hiding behind secrecy: Edward Snowden, NSA contractor, leaks a presentation showing that the NSA has (through its program codenamed PRISM) access to user data of several high-tech companies, among which Google and Facebook. Read this for more.
Also watch Snowden's interview:
May 20 2013
May 14 2013
Read our review of the first massively digital play, Mi Minor. Also, for the fun of it, a new article on Pinima President's latest plot (part of Mi Minor's role playing game, that we proudly joined since its inception).
May 10 2013
Help the Freedom of the Press Foundation raise 40 to 50k$ in order to cover the costs of producing transcripts of Bradley Manning's trial, that the US government wants to conduct in as much secrecy as possible. Make a donation now!
May 07 2013
Zero Dark Thirty has so far widely been seen as a pro-torture propaganda film. Now declassified documents - obtained by Gawker - show that the filmmakers have abided by the CIA's demands to keep out some parts. Read Gawker's article.
Artwork by basicregisters
May 06 2013
Since the recognition by the Zurich High court judges of the "sloppy job" done by the prosecution, Rudolf Elmer's trial has not made a significant progress. Time for a new interview with him.
April 10 2013
Congratulations to Wikileaks for publishing a new trove of historical documents pertaining to the 1970's.
These documents, that you can freely browse on Wikileaks' website, are of undeniable hiostorical importance, and they have not been made public despite the fact that many were already under no restriction for a while.
Consequently, and as Kristinn Hrafnsson said commenting the leak, Wikileaks is doing the job of governments.
January 16 2013
The year starts sadly with the loss of Aaron Swartz, who took his own life after having been bullied by US prosecutors and officials from his school, the MIT.
Aaron was an emblematic and courageous figure of the defense of digital freedom, and he will be remembered through his legacy and work:
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