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2SER gags its own volunteers

One of Sydney’s major community radio stations, 2ser, has ordered its volunteer workforce not to speak to any other media outlets about the station.

The ruling is included in a new five page contract which has been leaked to Indymedia. (see pdf below)

About 200 volunteers work at the station which is based at the UTS campus. All volunteers were told to sign the contracts or they would have to leave the station.

The legalistic document states:


Kony 2012 protesters violently attacked by Federation Square security for unfolding Kony 2012 banner.

Kony 2012 protesters were violently attacked by Federation square security guards who attempted to confiscate a banner used to raise awareness about the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, in Melbourne Australia late Friday night.

The security guards wearing black shirts, threatened on lookers for filming the incident claiming filming is illegal in the square.

An independent photo journalist was assaulted by security guards and had his camera deliberately destroyed by one of the security guards for filming the incident.


Is The Punch being unduly censored?

I recently documented on The Punch how my son Jordan, a victim of severe school bullying and education discrimination has become a victim of escalating human rights abuses including police brutality, false arrest, false imprisonment and wrongful prosecution. After my blog comments were published online they received over a dozen replies. However, sometime between 5 and 6 pm on 13/12/11, all my published comments and the responses to them were removed from The Punch website due to censorship.


Wikileaks supporters rally in Sydney

About a thousand people rallied in Sydney on Saturday in support of wikileaks and Julian Assange. Assange is presently under house arrest in England fighting an extradition notice to Sweden over sexual assault allegations. Wikileaks continues publishing US diplomatic cables exposing the corruption of secret government policy and action, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Related: John Pilger's investigation into the war on WikiLeaks and his interview with Julian Assange | A Song for Bradley Manning | | | WikiLeaks advisory board member Phillip Adams' statement on Wikileaks


WikiLeaks protesters march in Sydney despite police intimidation

After a speakout at Sydney's Town Hall on Tuesday December 14, a large group of 1000 protesters successfully marched to Martin Place, despite numerous attempted police blockades.

Police violently assaulted four protesters, to issue fines for obstructing traffic, but it was police that were holding up the traffic for US TV star Oprah Winfrey, who had closed down much of the city to broadcast a show from the Opera House.


Melbourne Wikileaks protesters march on British consulate

A warm early summer day in Melbourne, with crowds of Christmas shoppers strolling the streets and city workers heading home on a Tuesday evening. Into this mix a gathering slowly grows on the lawn of the State Library. A gathering for free speech, to defend Julian Assange and the Wikileaks website.

Photos | Youtube Video | More photos | WikiLeaks protesters march in Sydney despite police intimidation | Antony Loewenstein Blog from Sydney: Defending Wikileaks faces Oprah-obsessed police force | London IMC: Assange out on bail, Anonymous out in support | Ireland IMC: Photos from Australia House protest London


Armed police called to Australian embassy in London as Australian protesters occupy foyer demanding the release of Julian Assange

On Monday 13th December at 5 pm, concerned Australian academics, artists, activists and expats occupied the foyer of the Australian Embassy on The Strand, London. They refused instruction by embassy security to vacate the building reading aloud a letter of demands addressed to the Australian High Commissioner.

Related: Video of protest

Adelaide rally for Wikileaks - Don't shoot the messenger

People gathered on the steps of the South Australian parliament in Adelaide today to express support for the Wikileaks website and it's editor-in-chief, Julian Assange. This protest is one of many rallies around Australia to support Assange and Wikileaks.


Hobart: rally for free speech, Wikileaks and human rights

Over 200 people turned up for a Human Rights Day rally in Hobart in support of free speech, Julian Assange and the Wikileaks website on Saturday.

Meeting on the Parliament House lawns the rally heard speakers from the Democrats, Socialist Alliance, and a message of support from Independent MP Andrew Wilkie.