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Politicians, journalists and artists write to Chancellor Merkel calling for freedom of Assange

Around 120 politicians, journalists and artists appealed to Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday in a letter asking her to raise the ongoing prosecution of Julian Assange with U.S. President Joe Biden in her upcoming trip to Washington.

They ask the Chancellor for her assistance in ensuring that “Assange does not have to remain in detention” and to make clear in their discussions “how important the dropping of the charges against the WikiLeaks founder is in terms of defending press freedom – in order for him to return to good health in liberty in the company of his family.”

The letter also says: “Like many well-known human-rights organisations and journalists’ organisations, we view the persecution of Julian Assange as an attack on press freedom and freedom of speech, which must be decisively rejected. Anybody committed to human rights and democracy must work to achieve Assange’s freedom.”

The letter was initiated by the investigative journalist and writer Günter Wallraff and was co-signed by Sigmar Gabriel (former Federal Foreign Minister), Sevim Dagdelen (Member of the Bundestag), Wolfgang Kubicki (Vice-President of the Bundestag), Alice Schwarzer (editor of Emma magazine), Günter Verheugen (former Minister of State), Friedrich Küppersbusch (television producer) and more.

Another letter was sent by members of Icelandic Parliament last week to President Biden asking to drop the charges against Julian Assange.
“Recent revelations, where a key witness in the case admits to fabricating accusations against Mr Assange, should mark the end of this year-long assault on an award-winning journalist,” the letter says.

95 Greek parliamentarians joined the appeal to Biden calling to “drop this prosecution, an act that would be a clarion call for freedom that would echo around the globe.” The letter follows: “Our countries are also increasingly confronted with the contradiction of advocating for press freedom abroad while holding Mr. Assange for years in the UK’s most notorious prison at the request of the US government.”

Around 250 doctors from across the globe urge President Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland to “drop the appeal and all charges in this case that constitutes an egregious violation of the rule of law, human rights and press freedom.” The doctors implore the President “to end the misguided case you have inherited that violates the bedrock principles of our democracy.”

Politicians from Australia, Germany, Italy to Great Britain call on US President Joe Biden to drop the prosecution against Julian Assange.

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