For more than a year, WikiLeaks has been subject to an extrajudicial financial blockade by companies including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union, and Bank of America. This informal blacklisting of WikiLeaks has substantially cut off the organization’s sources of funding, and has severely hindered its operations.
But now you can help! On April 5, join others in a global protest of the blockade by logging on to beattheblockade.org and donating at least $5. You may contribute via credit card, check, your mobile phone, bank transfer, Bitcoin, Moneygram, or even PayPal (more details here):
From the WikiLeaks press release on Beat the Blockade:
“While Julian Assange fights legal battles under the serious threat of extradition to the United States to face secretly drawn up espionage charges, WikiLeaks continues to analyse and publish information that reveals truths about the world, its power relationships and injustices, most recently the Stratfor release, the ‘Global Intelligence Files’. And yet they struggle to operate under an extended ban processing on payments to them by US based corporate giants Visa, MasterCard, Western Union, PayPal and Bank of America. …
“By logging on to beattheblockade.org on April 5 and donating at least $5 by one of the easy payment methods, people around the world can send a message to the companies engaged in the blockade – and the governments that regulate them – that censorship of a free press publisher and denying consumers their rights will not be tolerated.
“Since 7th December 2010 an arbitrary and unlawful financial blockade has been imposed by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union on WikiLeaks. The attack has destroyed 95% of Wikileaks’ revenue. The blockade came into force within ten days of the launch of Cablegate as part of a concerted US-based, political attack on a free press publishing organisation that has breached no law in any country, and that won the 2011 Australian Walkley Award for outstanding contribution to journalism. …”