This week, WikiLeaks and its besieged leader, Julian Assange, won more awards to add to their already-impressive list of honors.
“This year’s winner has shown a courageous and controversial commitment to the finest traditions of journalism: justice through transparency. WikiLeaks applied new technology to penetrate the inner workings of government to reveal an avalanche of inconvenient truths in a global publishing coup. … This innovation could just as easily have been developed and nurtured by any of the world’s major publishers – but it wasn’t. Yet so many eagerly took advantage of the secret cables to create more scoops in a year than most journalists could imagine in a lifetime. While not without flaws, the Walkley Trustees believe that by designing and constructing a means to encourage whistleblowers, WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief Julian Assange took a brave, determined and independent stand for freedom of speech and transparency that has empowered people all over the world…”
During his pre-recorded acceptance speech, Assange strongly criticized Australian PM Julian Gillard:
WikiLeaks also won the International Freedom of Expression Award 2011 “Voice of the West” – which aims to “extol, encourage and honor organizations and journalists who have excelled for their tenacity and commitment in the daily struggle for one of the most important freedoms: freedom of expression.”