We've written about the problems of so-called super injunctions in the past (though mainly in the UK). This legal process not only keeps certain details under wraps concerning a lawsuit, but actually forbids the media from reporting on anything related to the case at all. Such a thing would be clear prior restraint and not allowed in the US, but apparently is considered legal in other parts of the world. However, Wikileaks has now revealed what appears to be a super injunction against reporting on a massive corruption case in Australia, involving the leaders of Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, along with people at Australia's central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia:
WHILE WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is living overseas, there's only so much the Australian government can do to fight any extradition to the US, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said today.
The US Vice-President called Julian Assange a "type of high - tech terrorist", yet we have no confidence that the Australian government has made any representation to the US government in defence of his rights.
Mr McClelland wrote to the Right to Know coalition and other media organisations in November to seek "a more formal mutually agreed arrangement'' on handling sensitive national security information. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet raised the possibility of using such a protocol to constrain publication of national security information released by WikiLeaks.
MAJOR energy companies involved in a multibillion gas development believed they were forced into accepting the site for a controversial LNG plant in the Kimberley, according to US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.
In Melbourne on 4 Feb 2011, prior to the Wikileaks Free Speech Forum, Wikileaks Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) sat down with Rob Stary to discuss, Julian Assange, Wikileaks and the Australian Govenrments disturbing position on this matter.
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange is set to become a member in good standing of the Australian journalists' union, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). ACTU president Ged Kearney will present a membership card to Mr Assange's Australian lawyer, Rob Stary, at a ceremony in Melbourne this morning.
Pro-WikiLeaks demonstrations have been held across Australia against the arrest of Julian Assange, the whistleblowing website's founder. In Sydney, around 500 demonstrators gathered on Friday, to push for the release of Assange, who is in a British jail fighting extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations. A group of WikiLeaks supporters also staged a rally in Brisbane, calling on the Australian government to respect freedom of expression.