Australia: Sydney Peace Medal awarded to WikiLeaks founder

09.05.201Sydney Peace Medal awarded to WikiLeaks founder

Sydney Peace Medal awarded to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

The Sydney Peace Foundation has awarded WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange its gold medal for “exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights.”

According to the foundation, the award was given to recognise the need for greater transparency and accountability for governments.

“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,” said Prof Stuart Rees, director of the Sydney Peace Foundation and founding director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney. Continue reading