Open Letter

We are asking all good people of conscience to co-sign their name to the below Open Letter. The letter calls on relevant international bodies and non-governmental agencies to take immediate action to endorse and preserve the human rights and liberty of Suzie and her children, and to protect them from being thrust back into the waiting arms of her persecutors. Once you have read and signed the letter, please share it with friends, colleagues and family to help us protect this brave Kiwi journalist. Thank you


We, the undersigned, have reviewed the overwhelming evidence of New Zealand journalist Suzie Dawson’s political persecution as posted on this website and call on international bodies and NGO's to step up and advocate for the protection of Suzie and her family from this persecution.

It is unacceptable that a young mother and her children have been subjected to extreme psychological distress after years of targeting and harassment by the very entities Suzie held to account through her journalistic work and activism. Suzie and her children deserve, at the very least, to live free of this persistent abuse.

Due to a combination of discrimination based on Suzie's country of origin and her association with other high value targets, neglect and lack of resource, Suzie and her family are effectively in limbo and require urgent intervention from appropriate parties in order to resolve their situation in a way that reinforces and is consistent with their human rights.

Suzie Dawson is not and has never been a threat to the public but rather a peaceful, pro-democratic activist whose journalistic work has been published on three continents, in multiple languages, and is of a great benefit to the public. We therefore exhort you to provide Suzie Dawson and her young family the support and advocacy necessary to ensure that they are protected from the powerful entities that have demonstrated repeatedly that they will stop at nothing to harm her.

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Name: Alison Hunter
Date: 03 Feb 20 07:13 UTC
Free Speech, Free Press. Shame on New Zealand for not looking after NZ citizens.
Name: Lorraine Harvey
Date: 03 Feb 20 06:21 UTC
Grant politically persecuted Journalist Suzie Dawson, asylum in Russia now.

For her safety & that of her young children
Name: Halah Ismail
Date: 02 Feb 20 22:16 UTC
I am signing this letter in solidarity and gratitude to Suzi.
Name: Zofia
Date: 02 Feb 20 20:14 UTC
Help Suzie get her asylum in Russia.
Name: Adwoa Oni
Date: 02 Feb 20 18:57 UTC
All people of conscience must support Suzie because of her conscientious and intrepid journalism. Political asylum for Suzie now! Suzie's and Julian's situations expose the lie that the West does not have political dissidents and political prisoners.
Name: Martha Rowen
Date: 02 Feb 20 18:25 UTC
Protect Suzie and protect freedom of information!
Name: Sam Osborne
Date: 02 Feb 20 18:06 UTC
The sooner we can get direct democracy, the sooner that situations like this will cease.

Name: Kimberly Schwanke
Date: 02 Feb 20 14:45 UTC
I support this letter.
Name: Josephine Milligan
Date: 02 Feb 20 13:51 UTC
The abuse of people who speak out against government corruption, is not ok. There must be avenues for redress and protection of brave activists and whistleblowers.
Name: Sue-ellen Campbell
Date: 02 Feb 20 10:35 UTC
We need heroes and Susie is one. Her children need their mother and neither they or their mother have done anything wrong..
Name: Esther Schmeer
Date: 02 Feb 20 09:20 UTC
Please protect this peaceful activist and her children. Sie has made sacrifices for what she believes in and what serves the greater good.
Name: Marco Rossi
Date: 02 Feb 20 08:24 UTC
Protect Suzie!
Name: Donna L Joy
Date: 02 Feb 20 08:20 UTC
Freedom of the press! Protect Suzie!
Name: Madeleine Kelsall
Date: 02 Feb 20 08:06 UTC
please protect Suzie
Name: Lilliana Corredor Phd
Date: 02 Feb 20 06:17 UTC
Suzie's persecution is outrageous. The NZ Government mudt ACT NOW to protect its citizens!
Name: Karla Miranda
Date: 02 Feb 20 05:45 UTC
Free speech Is fundamental to Democracy. Suzie Dawson work is vital.
Name: Jay Sherwood
Date: 02 Feb 20 04:53 UTC
I hereby add my signature to the open letter advocating on behalf of New Zealand journalist Suzie Dawson.
Name: John Gallagher
Date: 02 Feb 20 04:10 UTC
NZ's alignment opens it to invidious pressures to compromise itself, such as by spying on Suzie Dawson. To end such pressures, NZ needs to become a truly independent, neutral nation, able to act constructively between US & Russia, China & others, unbeholden to any 1 of them.
Name: David Nash
Date: 02 Feb 20 04:05 UTC
Hope this helps, somehow
Name: Brian
Date: 02 Feb 20 02:28 UTC
Good luck Suzie!
Name: Bashar Rihani
Date: 02 Feb 20 02:14 UTC
Suzie deserves all the support because she represents genuine journalism.
Name: Kim Kurt
Date: 02 Feb 20 02:11 UTC
She is being persecuted for practicing democracy
Name: Vanessa Byrne
Date: 02 Feb 20 01:42 UTC
I stand by brave New Zealand journalist, Suzie Dawson.
Name: Marirose Walker
Date: 02 Feb 20 00:49 UTC
Suzie Dawson is a nonviolent peaceful activist; she is an insightful writer who always has something to teach us. We’re lucky to have her on earth. #ProtectSuzie & her dear young family from the persecution they’ve been tormented by. Pls help her now. She’s been suffering too long as have her children. Ty.
Name: David Paley
Date: 02 Feb 20 00:28 UTC
It's time for this crazy harassment of journalist's to stop. They have a job to do that is a necessary PUBLIC SERVICE. Please them them do it without penalty.
Name: Jonathan Karlsson
Date: 02 Feb 20 00:08 UTC
Freedom of the press, freedom for all
Name: Margaret Kimberley
Date: 02 Feb 20 00:03 UTC
The right to asylum is inviolate.
Name: Louise E Bracken
Date: 02 Feb 20 00:01 UTC
Suzie Dawson is a courageous journalist who has exposed abuse and corruption by those in power. She deserves to be protected from the people she exposed.
Name: Mark Williams
Date: 01 Feb 20 23:58 UTC
Stop this vendetta against Suzie Dawson. It sets a precedent that can be used against anyone, including YOU. That’s kind of the whole idea of civil liberties: if she’s not free, neither are you.
Name: Katarina Vidovic
Date: 01 Feb 20 23:35 UTC
I admire your work, Suzie. Advocating transparency in politics is not a crime and no one should be persecuted because of it.
Name: Misty Winston
Date: 01 Feb 20 23:30 UTC
I stand with Suzie.
Name: Alexander Hiett
Date: 01 Feb 20 23:28 UTC
Protect Suzie, protect journalism & get her home
Name: Pablo Rodriguez
Date: 01 Feb 20 23:23 UTC
Real freedom now
Name: Joshua Benton
Date: 01 Feb 20 23:20 UTC
Please help protect Suzie! She is an amazing journalist and should to be able to continue her work.
Name: Dapo Ajiboye
Date: 01 Feb 20 23:19 UTC
Protect whistle blowers & independent journalist.
Name: Dane Owen
Date: 01 Feb 20 23:18 UTC
We need strong people like Suzie to stand up to Authority to expose their abuses.
Name: Steve Poikonen
Date: 01 Feb 20 23:11 UTC
Suzie must not be sacrificed to the gods of national security and information control. Protect Suzie.
Name: Ian Colville
Date: 01 Feb 20 23:04 UTC
The persecution of journalists who genuinely speak truth to power must cease. This is one of the most important issues today.
Name: Malcolm Justice
Date: 01 Feb 20 22:45 UTC
everyone needs to feel and be safe for just telling the truth
Name: David Yohannan
Date: 01 Feb 20 22:34 UTC
I have been harassed, threatened and spied upon by the US government for two decades so I understand the severity and stand up for Suzie 💪🏽✊✊🙏
Name: Antoon Van Maris
Date: 01 Feb 20 22:22 UTC
Why are mums prosecuted, in this world and not the warcriminals ? #freeAssange and #freeChelsea, #protectSuzie !
Name: Mahtma Hemry
Date: 01 Feb 20 22:18 UTC
The Press must be unfettered by the different branches of gov't.
Name: Alan Booker
Date: 01 Feb 20 22:09 UTC
i support this letter
Name: Jane Robertson-gaoua
Date: 01 Feb 20 22:05 UTC
Let Suzie and her children live in peace.52286
Name: Nik Bebic
Date: 01 Feb 20 22:04 UTC
Truthtellers & Freedom fighters are the only things really worth protecting in this neoliberal New World Order.
Name: Ian Caruana
Date: 01 Feb 20 22:00 UTC
Suzie is a first class journalist, in a free world a free press is essential. Protect our journalist's we all need them.
Name: Julie Alberding
Date: 01 Feb 20 21:55 UTC
Truth tellers and real journalists must be protected, not persecuted.
Name: Omar Misa
Date: 01 Feb 20 19:26 UTC
Suzie Dawson, as anyone in her predicament, deserves asylum away from persecution. If her chosen destination refuses to accept her, then her grievance is simply deferred to responsible hosts. How far, and for how long, does she have to travel to find a home?
Name: Anne Hinde
Date: 01 Feb 20 11:52 UTC
Suzie is another great truth telling journalist ..We must support them for their honesty and sheer guts in doing this work.Thank you brave lady.✊
Name: Cornell
Date: 01 Feb 20 10:52 UTC
I genuinely value your work, Great post.
Name: Jax Domnitz
Date: 01 Feb 20 10:35 UTC
I support Suzie Dawson, and request asylum for this innocent and law-abiding woman so she can return to NZ with her children.
Name: Pravin
Date: 31 Jan 20 23:32 UTC
We support you in every way we could
Name: Gina
Date: 31 Jan 20 10:51 UTC
protect suzie, protect freedom of speech
Name: Stephen Caruso
Date: 31 Jan 20 04:38 UTC
Truth telling is the revolution, listen or get out of they way! Free Suzie Dawson from the bullying and harassment and serve justice to those who would do otherwise
Name: Bhavana Lymworth
Date: 31 Jan 20 03:04 UTC
Supporting those who put themselves on the line is crucial.
Name: Joseph Miles
Date: 31 Jan 20 03:03 UTC
Journalism was the hope that misdeeds would be published as a sort of check-and-balance...but as all English speaking nations are staffed with war criminals and thieves and now control our press and governments entirely...it's becoming harder to find truth SPEAKERS.
Name: Alex Mogilevski
Date: 31 Jan 20 03:02 UTC
Protect Suzie Dawson’s!
Name: Billy Joe Cain
Date: 31 Jan 20 02:55 UTC
Suzie is one of the best voices out there to raise awareness of the spy state. She needs to be free and safe and have a world where she can speak truth to power
Name: Kirsten Juel
Date: 30 Jan 20 13:05 UTC
The Spy-Agencies violations of natural Human Rights has to end! Suzie Dawson, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Glenn Greenwald and so many other brave people telling truth, must be protected from such evil abuse.
Name: Anthony Mccann
Date: 29 Jan 20 07:22 UTC
Freedom of the press
Name: Brian
Date: 27 Jan 20 17:39 UTC
I sign this electronic letter to confirm that Suzie should be protected, and given asylum.
Name: Ricky Dacombe
Date: 26 Jan 20 23:51 UTC
Just one kiwi looking out for another Suzie...

Please take NZ out of this insane Five Eyes nonsense and protect your citizens...
Name: Benigno Del Rio
Date: 25 Jan 20 18:30 UTC
PROTECT SUZIE!!!!!!!!
Name: Stephen Bloch
Date: 25 Jan 20 12:29 UTC
Name: Ryan Thomas
Date: 24 Jan 20 23:21 UTC
Suzie Dawson is a shining light and her work is an indispensable part of whatever prospect remains of freedom in our time.
Name: Tony Ansell
Date: 24 Jan 20 02:32 UTC
@jacindaardern This situation is an absolute outrage! Please take NZ out of this insane Five Eyes nonsense and protect your citizens from this now corrupt and crazy USA led thuggery.
Name: Jeanine
Date: 23 Jan 20 17:22 UTC
Journalists need to be free to tell the truth to the world!
Name: Mary Jones-giampalo
Date: 23 Jan 20 15:58 UTC
#JournalismIsNotACrime
Name: Niall Flanagan
Date: 23 Jan 20 11:11 UTC
Without freedom of the press we have nothing..Stay strong, Suzie! xx
Name: Brigitte Haase
Date: 23 Jan 20 11:07 UTC
Protect Suzie Dawson!
Name: John Filiss
Date: 23 Jan 20 10:55 UTC
The persecution of journalists and whistleblowers who genuinely speak truth to power has to stop. This is one of the most important issues of our time, as it is key to dealing with so many of the others.
Name: Ange Mostratos
Date: 23 Jan 20 10:42 UTC
I support the truth.
Name: Christopher Hand
Date: 23 Jan 20 09:58 UTC
Once again, the guilty persecute the innocent!
Name: Mark Burgess
Date: 23 Jan 20 06:33 UTC
We either stand for journalism or we don’t. All individuals who act as a member of the press, either amateur or professional, must be protected under international law with no exceptions.
Name: Trish Mason
Date: 21 Jan 20 22:27 UTC
To change the world we have to stick together!
Name: Tareq Haddad
Date: 22 Jan 20 11:14 UTC
Suzie is an incredibly brave journalist and is suffering greatly for helping expose the totalitarian crimes of the West. If we care about democracy and freedom of speech, she should be supported and praised—not forced to seek exile in Russia with her two young children. Please support.
Name: Daniel James
Date: 22 Jan 20 12:01 UTC
Protect Suzie! Protect whistleblowers.
Name: Lukas Leitinger
Date: 22 Jan 20 11:43 UTC
Keep fighting the good fight!
Name: Brian Blevins
Date: 22 Jan 20 15:32 UTC
A free world requires a free press. Protect Suzie!
Name: Colin Hammond
Date: 22 Jan 20 15:19 UTC
Freedom to publish should be encouraged, not stamped out
Name: Ricardo Ristorcelli
Date: 22 Jan 20 18:03 UTC
Suzie Dawson is not and has never been a threat to the public but rather a peaceful, pro-democratic activist whose journalistic work has been published on three continents, in multiple languages, and is of a great benefit to the public. We therefore exhort you to provide Suzie Dawson and her young family the support and advocacy necessary to ensure that they are protected from the powerful entities that have demonstrated repeatedly that they will stop at nothing to harm her.
Name: Michael Gruber
Date: 22 Jan 20 18:58 UTC
Suzie is a real journalist
Name: Teresa Marshall
Date: 22 Jan 20 19:15 UTC
Suzie is a peaceful activist and she must be protected
Name: Sam
Date: 23 Jan 20 02:37 UTC
Protect Suzie
Name: J Martin
Date: 23 Jan 20 01:26 UTC
Calling truth to power should never be a crime. Best wishes to Suzie, and may they never stomp out your spirit.
Name: Shelley Bevandick
Date: 22 Jan 20 22:27 UTC
Journalists are under attack. Soon there will no one left to report the truth of the corruption of governments. We appreciate her sacrifices and thank her.
Name: Brian Simon
Date: 21 Jan 20 19:47 UTC
Best of luck Suzi, you and your family stay safe.
Name: Rob Juneau
Date: 21 Jan 20 10:18 UTC
It’s up to us to make the better difference. Suzie’s story shows our secret protectors are frauds who claim legal right but hold themselves above any law, and have been all along.

There is no excuse for it.
Name: Wayne Whalen
Date: 21 Jan 20 09:46 UTC
The truth will set us free!
Name: Rachel Allen
Date: 21 Jan 20 12:40 UTC
Protect free speech and journalism
Name: Mara Moreau
Date: 21 Jan 20 14:28 UTC
I am a former psychologist and have followed Suzie's work from the time she lived and worked in New Zealand. I believe in her integrity and am appalled at the persecution she has received for her activism and values. She unreservedly deserves protection and asylum.
Name: Melissa Mcnicholl
Date: 21 Jan 20 18:18 UTC
Hold them accountable.
Name: Sharon Powell
Date: 21 Jan 20 15:00 UTC
Journalism is not a crime!
Name: Hanna Bryl
Date: 21 Jan 20 14:59 UTC
Any targeting of individuals by security agencies should be prosecuted
Name: Judy Meyer
Date: 21 Jan 20 18:57 UTC
Arresting journalists who give the truth to people, is against everything that the people want. It's not a crime to give news.
Name: Steven Fosbrook
Date: 21 Jan 20 18:43 UTC
We must protect all people with courage, honesty and integrity and those who sacrifice themselves for the good of the people.
Name: Barbara Callahan
Date: 21 Jan 20 03:52 UTC
It is unacceptable that a young mother and her children have been subjected to extreme psychological distress after years of targeting and harassment by the very entities Suzie held to account through her journalistic work and activism. Suzie and her children deserve, at the very least, to live free of this persistent abuse.

Name: William Stevenson
Date: 21 Jan 20 03:17 UTC


Protect All Mothers Unconditionally!!
Name: Rw Nye
Date: 21 Jan 20 02:43 UTC
Freedom for Suzie!

Freedom for all journalists!
Name: Judith Nailer
Date: 21 Jan 20 02:32 UTC
Justice for Journalists