People in many countries will create Stand Up For Truth activities during the week of June 1-7, 2015 — to move toward a culture of openness and truth as well as security for those who take the risk of disclosing information that authorities want to keep hidden.
Democracy is based on informed consent of the governed. This is not possible when crucial (and sometimes illegal) government policies remain hidden from the public. Whistleblowing is essential for bringing such policies into the light: exposing key information related to human rights violations, corporate malfeasance, the environment, civil liberties and war.
We must stand up for a free press, individual privacy, governmental and corporate transparency, due process and rule of law as we seek to reveal official information that the public has a right to know. Persecution of whistleblowers and journalists is illegitimate and should be opposed as such.
While undemocratic authority thrives on secrecy, we should bring whistleblowing to the forefront of public consciousness — in a process that widely encourages the release of documentation of governmental and corporate actions that cannot withstand the light of day.
Please initiate Stand Up For Truth activities where you live.
Freedom of the Press Foundation
International Modern Media Institute
Two prominent whistleblowers about to embark on a speaking tour of Europe called Stand up for Truth react to the news of the curtailment of National Security Agency powers by the US Senate on Sunday. Daniel Ellsberg is a former US military analyst who leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers to newspapers in 1971. Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the NSA where he exposed fraud and secret mass surveillance programmes after 9/11.