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Journalism is on trial

WikiLeaks editor and publisher Julian Assange is facing a 175 year sentence for publishing truthful information in the public interest.

Julian Assange is being sought by the current US administration for publishing US government documents which exposed war crimes and human rights abuses. The politically motivated charges represent an unprecedented attack on press freedom and the public’s right to know – seeking to criminalise basic journalistic activity.

If convicted Julian Assange faces a sentence of 175 years, likely to be spent in extreme isolation.

The UN working group on arbitrary detention issued a statement saying that “the right of Mr. Assange to personal liberty should be restored”.

Massimo Moratti of Amnesty International has publicly stated on their website that, “Were Julian Assange to be extradited or subjected to any other transfer to the USA, Britain would be in breach of its obligations under international law.”

Human Rights Watch published an article saying, “The only thing standing between an Assange prosecution and a major threat to global media freedom is Britain. It is urgent that it defend the principles at risk.”

The NUJ has stated that the “US charges against Assange pose a huge threat, one that could criminalise the critical work of investigative journalists & their ability to protect their sources”.


The Economist New Media Award (2008)


The Amnesty New Media Award (2009)


The Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal (2011)


The Sam Adams Award for Integrity (2010)


The National Union of Journalists Journalist of the Year (Hrafnsson) (2011)


TIME Magazine Person of the Year, People’s Choice (highest global vote) (2010)


The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (2011)


The Blanquerna Award for Best Communicator (2011)


The Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (2011)


The International Piero Passetti Journalism Prize of the National Union of Italian Journalists (2011)


The Voltaire Award for Free Speech (2011)


The Jose Couso Press Freedom Award (2011)


The Privacy International Hero of Privacy (2012)


The Brazillian Press Association Human Rights Award (2013)

And many more

Noam Chomsky

Academic, activist 

“Julian Assange shouldn’t be the subject of a grand jury hearing, he should be given a medal. He’s contributing to democracy.”

Agnes Callamard

Director, Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University; UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions

“Assange must NEVER be extradited to the USA. It’s a serious threat to him personally and freedoms we usually honor, such as press freedom, freedom of expression and FOI.”

Dunja Mijatović

Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

“Julian Assange’s potential extradition has human rights implications that reach far beyond his individual case.”

Nils Melzer

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Human Rights Chair, Geneva Academy;

“The case is a huge scandal and represents the failure of Western rule of law. If Julian Assange is convicted, it will be a death sentence for freedom of the press.”

Leading academics, lawyers, journalists, press freedom/human rights groups, and politicians oppose the persecution of Julian Assange.

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Julian Assange’s hidden family revealed:
top secrets inside the Embassy

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Stella Moris – partner of Julian Assange and the mother of his two sons

She is fighting against his extradition to the United States.

“My partner, the journalist and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, is fighting extradition to the United States and faces 175 years in prison. I and many others are joined in that fight – against extradition and his continuing imprisonment. We are appealing for your help.” —Stella Moris

Journalistic achievements

WikiLeaks has published extensively on many major subject matters, from countries all around the world. Here are just some of its major publication areas:

War Crimes

Collateral Murder is a classified US military video of a helicopter gunship slaying eighteen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists and their rescuers, documents a war crime. The Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs showed the true number of civilian deaths in Iraq and is the most detailed record of war to date. It detailed the abuse and torture of prisoners by police and military in full knowledge of coalition forces.

Nuclear Issues

The WikiLeaks site has 284, 493 publications on nuclear issues. These documents traverse the nuclear fuel cycle – from uranium mining to nuclear waste – with many thousands exposing nuclear energy industry giants, and nuclear weapon threat assessments, numbers, doctrines and negotiations.

The Environment

The Minton Report detailed how Dutch multinational company Trafigura had dumped toxic waste in the Ivory Coast affecting 108,000 people. The report had been suppressed through a super injunction that the Guardian and the BBC obeyed, but WikiLeaks exposed.

Trade

TPP, TTIP & TISA, aka the ‘Big 3Ts’, are major trade agreements being drafted and negotiated in secret without proper democratic oversight. WikiLeaks has provided multiple draft chapters and negotiating positions to the public. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are now stalled. The lesser known Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) between US, EU and 22 other countries accounts for two thirds of global GDP has been classified to keep it secret not just during the negotiations but for five years after the TiSA enters into force.

Intelligence

The Global Intelligence Files revealed the inner workings of the private intelligence firm Stratfor that services the US government and large corporations such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency.

Julian Assange’s hidden family revealed: top secrets inside the Embassy

60 Minutes Australia

Activism – London

The legal team require financial assistance!

The US Attorney has unlimited funding. Whereas Julian Assange’s legal team which is lead by Gareth Peirce does not.
Throughout Europe you can make a tax-deductible donation toward Julian Assange and WikiLeaks’ staff legal costs.

Important Dates, Actions & Events

UPCOMING HEARINGS

04 JanuaryExtradition Hearing Decision Westminster Magistrates Court 10 am

PAST HEARINGS & COURT DATES

 

07 Sept – 01 Oct Extradition Hearing Central Criminal Court Old Bailey

14 August – 10am Westminster Magistrates’ Court;

27 July – 10am Westminster Magistrates’ Court;

29 June – 10am Westminster Magistrates’ Court;

01 June – 10am Westminster Magistrates’ Court;

04 May – 10am Westminster Magistrates’ Court;

27 Apr – 10am Westminster Magistrates’ Court;

7 Apr – 10am Woolwich (case management and anonymity issue of 2 witnesses);

25 Mar – 10am Westminster Magistrates’ Court (call-in by video);

24 Feb – 10am Woolwich Crown Court;

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