According to a report in today’s Guardian, Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear whistle-blower is facing charges of violating the terms of his release 12 years after his release following 18 years in prison. On his release in 2004, he was subjected to a series of restraining orders, some of which he has violated in recent years, the justice ministry said.
On 14 April, eleven days after the Panama Papers confirmed the central role of journalists and whistle-blowers in revealing illegal or unethical business practices, the European Parliament approved rules to protect corporate trade secrets that could seriously hinder future revelations. Although the purpose of the Trade Secrets Directive is to protect firms within the EU from corporate espionage by foreign rivals, on closer examination many feel that business could use the law to prosecute journalists and whistle-blowers for exposing corporate bad behavior.
The Campaign for a Nuclear-Free Middle East writes… “Last year, on 26 April, we held a well-supported vigil at the Israeli Embassy in London, to mark the 10th year since Mordechai Vanunu was released from Ashkelon prison, only to be put under severe restrictions of his rights to freedom of speech, association and movement. In particular he was refused the right to leave Israel as he wished. These restrictions have continued ever since. Continue reading Support the Vanunu vigil on 10 October