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New Zealand Journalist Seeks Temporary Asylum In Russia

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New Zealand Journalist Seeks Temporary Asylum In Russia

A Kiwi journalist and activist whose work has been shared by high profile media organisations and figures worldwide, has applied for temporary asylum in Russia.

After reporting on the Occupy movement, WikiLeaks, the FBI and Kim Dotcom saga, Suzie Dawson was targeted by New Zealand and American intelligence agencies.

Ms Dawson may be one of the 88 New Zealand citizens who was illegally spied on by New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) who effectively outsourced the spying to the National Security Agency (NSA), as proven by recent Edward Snowden disclosures published by TVNZ and The Intercept.

The targeting of Ms Dawson led to serious threats against and endangerment of her life and those of her children.

Ms Dawson says "Being directly targeted by agencies which are supposed to investigate terrorists, not journalists, has wreaked havoc upon myself and my family. It was made impossible for us to live safely in our home country. This has left me with no choice but to seek sanctuary and to appeal for assistance. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply for asylum and pray for a favourable outcome."

Ms Dawson is in need of solidarity, international legal assistance and financial support. Well-wishers can donate or reach out through her website https://Suzi3D.com.

Her family requests privacy at this time. All media requests will be directed to the Family Spokesperson, Chris Yong, who can be contacted at media@Suzi3d.com

For background on Ms. Dawson's situation, watch her documentary 'Diary of a Person of Interest' which is available for free on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/181517859) and on You Tube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KaxGN9WgRU)


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