“You can either be informed and your own rulers, or you can be ignorant and have someone else, who is not ignorant, rule over you.”
Controversial figure and internet activist, Julian Assange returns to Oz via video link to expose the man (and woman) behind the curtain.
In February 2017, Think Inc. presents No More Secrets, No More Lies: Julian Assange in a rare opportunity for a real time interview and Q&A. From the Embassy of Ecuador in London, Assange will be transported back to Oz via video link, with shows scheduled for Melbourne and Sydney, and live screening from these shows to venues in Brisbane and Auckland.
Champion for truth and transparency or dangerous terrorist? Martyr to political conspiracy or traitor? Courageous exile or “fugitive from justice”? Hero or villain? Whatever he is, Julian Assange is certainly a divisive subject.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Assange has been riling up global governments since founding WikiLeaks in 2006, squirreling out secret dossiers and classified information. This reached a crescendo with the 2010 release of the Iraq War Logs. Facing allegations by Swedish authorities and the largest criminal investigation into a publisher in US history, Assange applied to Ecuador for political asylum and has been living in its London embassy since 2012, despite the United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finding that he has been “arbitrarily detained”. And he isn’t easing off—during the 2016 US presidential election, Assange took aim at Hillary Clinton (who he has called a “liberal war hawk”) with the release of thousands of documents leaked from the Democratic National Committee, garnering him a pro-Trump stigma in social and political circles.
Assange has said of his polemical approach that, “It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abusers, and when powerful abusers are taken on, there’s always a bad reaction. So we see that controversy, and we believe that is a good thing to engage in.”
Join Assange in an evening of intrigue and shocking revelations as he challenges audiences from all political leanings to take serious consideration of journalistic freedoms and the implications of a silenced media.
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Where: Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre
When: Doors at 6:00 PM, Event at 7:00 PM Saturday 18 February
When: Doors at 5:00 PM, Event at 6:00 PM, Saturday 18 February
Where: Melbourne Town Hall
When: Doors at 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM Sunday 19 February