The Courage Foundation is an international organisation that supports those who risk life or liberty to make significant contributions to the historical record. They fundraise for the legal and public defence of specific individuals who fit these criteria and are subject to serious prosecution or persecution. They also campaign for the protection of truthtellers and the public’s right to know generally. When powerful institutions retreat into secrecy, they prevent proper oversight and accountability. Whistleblowers become the public's regulators and reporters of last resort.
Because whistleblowers are a vital link in this chain, they are also vulnerable. Courage Foundation upholds the principle of public access by aiding the whistleblowers who make discovery possible, forcing their cases into the public sphere and funding important cases in the courts. By protecting whistleblowers, a culture of support for radical transparency, adversarial journalism and democratic accountability is promoted. Courage prepares legal defense funds to defend whistleblowers in court and campaigns for their freedom and protection. By keeping the names and circumstances of these people in the public discourse, Courage can help prevent the next whistleblower from being the next political prisoner.
Naomi Colvin of Courage Foundation joins us for a review of 2017 and an idea of what to expect going forward from the never shrinking power of the state. Official campaigns are ongoing for Lauri Love, Reality Winner, Barrett Brown, Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond, Edward Snowden and others. The list never seems to decrease in length, which means the work of Courage never does either. Join us for information regarding the condition of transparency and ways the public can support the vital work of Courage Foundation.