Wikileaks hands off!

c. 2011

Donated by John Ellis

Museum of Australian Democracy collection

This badge was produced by Resistance, an Australian socialist youth organisation, in support of internet-based whistle-blower organisation WikiLeaks.

The donor of this badge, John Ellis, writes:

I wore this badge to a rally to support Julian Assange and WikiLeaks that was held in Melbourne. Wearing this badge sums up many of my political attitudes towards the media in Western societies and in Australia … [I w]as an employee of the Herald and Weekly Times and an activist for 39 years … WikiLeaks has allowed for unknown truths to come out about many things and has highlighted the fact that the conservative media has not always investigated issues to the full. I support WikiLeaks because it is an important component of a free, independent and democratic media which is essential for a healthy society.