One of the hopeful things that I’ve discovered is that nearly every war that has started in the past 50 years has been a result of media lies. The media could have stopped it if they’d searched deep enough–if they hadn’t reprinted government propaganda they could have stopped it. But what does that mean? Well, that means basically populations don’t like wars, and populations have to be fooled into wars. Populations don’t willingly and with open eyes go into war. So, if we have a good media environment, then you will also have a peaceful environment.
Our number one enemy is ignorance, and I believe that is the number one enemy that everyone is not understanding–not understanding what is actually going on in the world. It’s only when you start to understand that you can make effective decisions and effective plans. Now, the question is, who is promoting ignorance? Well, those organizations that try to keep things secret, and those organizations which distort true information to make it false, or misrepresentative. In this latter category, it is bad media. It really is my opinion that the media in general are so bad, we have to question whether the world wouldn’t be better off without them altogether. –Julianne Assange (2011)