Wikileaks gewinnt Amnesty International Medienpreis

Julian Assange, einer der wenigen bekannten Köpfe hinter Wikileaks, wurde von Amnesty Internation in der Kategorie „New Media“ mit einem „Media Award 2009“ ausgezeichnet für „Kenya: The Cry of Blood – Extra Judicial Killings and Disappearances“.

In einer Email von Wikileaks heißt es dazu:

Four people associated with investigating the killings have
themselves been murdered, including noted human rights lawyers
Oscar Kingara and John Paul Oulo, who were assassinated driving
to an afternoon meeting at the Kenyan National Commission on
Human Rights in March this year.

WikiLeaks first ran its first story on the killings for a week
on its fronpage, beginning November 1, 2008. Eventually the story
was picked up by print media, starting with Jon Swain from the
Sunday Times. Then, earlier this year the United Nations sent a team
to Nairobi, lead by Prof. Alston, to investigate.

According to AFP, earlier today a session of the U.N. Human
Rights Council was told by the U.N Special Rapporteur on
extrajudical killings, Prof. Philip Alston, that Kenya’s police
were a „major stumbling block“ for probes into the killings.

Prof. Alston also told that 47 member Human Rights Council on
Wednesday that „Attacks on those who document abuses do not
absolve a government of its obligation to investigate, prosecute
and punish those responsible for extrajudicial executions,“.

In accepting the award, Mr. Assange stated „It is a reflection
of the courage and strength of Kenyan civil society that this
injustice was documented. Through the tremendous work of
organizations such as the Oscar foundation, the KNHCR, Mars Group
Kenya and others we had the primary support we needed to expose
these murders to the world. I know that they will not rest, and
we will not rest, until justice is done.“

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