Please do what you can to help my good friend Suzie Dawson, a brilliant journalist and intrepid activist, whotook on the "5 Eyes" intelligence colossus by investigating its extension in her own country, New Zealand—an apparat that then went after her, and drove her into exile in Russia, where she's petitioned for asylum for herself and her two children. Here is the essential background, from her website, below which there are all the links you need to helpher out, by donating and/or helping spread the word on her behalf; and below those you'll find Suzie's update, from today, on her current situation. MCM
One Woman Is Taking On Corrupt Power And Needs Your Help To Continue
Kiwi journalist Suzie Dawson is a prominent defender of famous whistleblowers and parties targeted by the US, such as Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Kim Dotcom and WikiLeaks. For nearly a decade her journalism and activism has taken on some of the worlds most powerful actors. She has fought against unlawful spying by intelligence agencies on citizens. She combatted unfair power-grabs like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She has consistently sided with the people, speaking truth to power, and had the courage to speak up where citizens rights and freedoms have been eroded.
Since 2012, Suzie’s journalism warned that global intelligence agencies were targeting every day citizens, including New Zealanders. As a result, she became a target of intelligence agencies – the very people she had warned about – and in 2015 was forced into exile by their orchestrated campaign of harassment, intimidation and sabotage.
In December 2018, a State Services Commission Report in New Zealand provided conclusive evidence that security services were, at times, out of control – confirming what Suzie had been saying all along. The report found that up to a dozen government agencies hired private intelligence companies to target journalists, activists, political parties and insurance claimants in retaliation for their dissent.
Suzie has secured experienced human rights lawyers to continue her fight against the “Five Eyes” and to secure her refugee status and asylum claim in Russia. A series of actions are planned to make the relevant Western government agencies accountable for their illegal and unreasonable targeting of her. The focus of this campaign is to achieve transparency and accountability from the security services (who were funded and tasked to protect Suzie and her children’s rights as citizens yet did the opposite).
Very powerful short campaign video:
Campaign announcement tweets:
Suzie’s update:Hi, all.
You’ve been asking for updates on my situation, the good news is I am at liberty until at least September the 5th, when I will find out whether my new asylum application has been accepted for review. For more details, there are 3 easy ways to get up to date with my situation and the campaign progress:
- Campaign Updates are regularly posted on the Fundraising page: https://gogetfunding.com/help-a-kiwi-journalist-take-on-the-spies-1vs5i/
- I am filming short 5-min videos regularly and uploading them to my You Tube account: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPf90W3gtZzueNQTAvXCa5rmUY67EsHw3
- You can watch or join in our campaign planning in real time on our Discord server: https://1vs5i.com/discord
This week, my lawyer Craig Tuck will begin doing interviews on a variety of platforms. Craig is an international human rights lawyer and death penalty specialist, he is also one of Julian’s lawyers and met with Julian at the Embassy repeatedly prior to his arrest, so can be asked about a range of relevant issues. If you would like to interview him on your platform please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Unsurprisingly, when you launch a campaign to take on intelligence agencies, a coordinated smear campaign is launched almost immediately in response. So far the crux of that campaign has been explicitly trying to deter people from donating to or resourcing the legal campaign, and attempting to undermine the truth of my experiences. The main thrust of the absurdist arguments is that I didn’t “decide” that I was a target until long after I left New Zealand. This common smear, being planted across multiple platforms, is easily debunked by examining my actual body of work, which includes examples of me speaking publicly from 2011-2014 about the targeting of myself and other activists (and by whom), long prior to my leaving New Zealand.
Just as one example, here is a wonderful interview I did in Auckland in 2014 with former NZ Green Party Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, who is a political icon in NZ, having led the Greens and been a Member of Parliament for 15 years. We discussed the targeting of my media team, as well as the pervasive and concerning intrusions of surveillance in the lives of New Zealanders. Watch here: https://twitter.com/1vs5i/status/1168200679950888965
But smears are merely meant to distract us from the work at hand – and for us, that is holding the intelligence agencies to account, both in court and in the court of public opinion. This short 2-minute video is of me reminding supporters of why it is so important that we focus our intentions on the crimes of the powerful hands hidden in the shadows: https://twitter.com/1vs5i/status/1168215159128698880
Our website is also being regularly updated, and a slew of new content will be released this week: https://1vs5i.com
I deeply appreciate everyone who is willing to take the brave step of using their public platforms to support #1vs5i. This campaign is shining a light back on the abuses of the security services and intelligence agencies in a way that we haven’t seen recently done. I humbly ask that you please do everything you can to support this campaign, for us all.
Thanks so much and I’ll be in touch