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Event: Whistleblowers and Wikileaks Collide with MC Sami Shah

July 24, 2023 IN WIP
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Event by Truth Not War, PEN Melbourne

Sat 29 July, 3-6 pm at The Loading Bay, Trades Hall, Carlton

Welcoming Sami Shah, comedian, ABC radio presenter, author and Ambassador at large of PEN Melbourne as our MC introducing and conducting this esteemed panel:

Dean Yates was the Reuters bureau chief at the time the Collateral Murder killings took place in July 2007. The 2 slain journalists were his staff. Dean found out the truth of what really happened to them when WikiLeaks published the video in 2010.
Dean recently launched his new book Line in the Sand, his memoir that takes us on a journey through PTSD beginning with Collateral Murder. Books will be available for purchase.

John Shipton has been campaigning globally for his son’s release for several years. Millions support the campaign to free Julian with 88% of Australians saying it’s time to bring him home.

David McBride has extensive knowledge of how the military works and Australia’s subservience to the USA. He often speaks out about the AUKUS scam, Robodebt debacle and has been a strong outspoken supporter of Julian Assange for many years. David really brings this fight home with his own experience and pending imprisonment in November.

Some of the fundraiser will be used for the next 5 months of David’s campaign as we seek to make him a household name. We call on all to converge on Canberra for the start of his trial on the 13th November.

Dean, David and John connect the dots between the war on whistleblowers and the war on journalism which is essentially a war on all peoples of the world.


Nibbles and drinks provided.

Donations encouraged..
Raffle tickets, T-shirts and other merchandise for sale.
All proceeds go to the grassroots campaign for David McBride & Julian Assange.

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