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Don’t shoot the messenger!

We are all Julian Assange!



The U.S. Justice department has asked the UK to

extradite Julian Assange to the U.S., for trial under the

Espionage Act for having revealed secret documents

exposing U.S. war crimes. He faces 175 years in prison.


The people who committed the war crimes, many senior

officials, are not facing prosecution and imprisonment.

Indeed, their wrong-doing is not even being investigated.



Assange’s extradition is being decided by the judges of the

High Court in London who held hearings on October 27th

and 28th 2021. We are awaiting their verdict.



They judges are not oblivious to public concern for this

case. Thus, we will be continuing our campaign to inform

public opinion of the importance of Julian’s fate (and

to let the judges know that we are still watching).

 

On trial is not only a courageous journalist who dared

to expose U.S. war crimes and other illegal behavior –

but investigative journalism itself. If Assange is

imprisoned, then journalists all over the world will be

reluctant to uncover and denounce governmental

wrong-doing. Thus, the fight to free Julian Assange

is the fight to preserve Freedom of the Press.









 

What can we do here in Italy

 

 to support Julian Assange? 

 

 

 

1. Learn about the events we

 

have held so far to support Julian.

 

On October 26th 2021, in the Press Room of the

lower house of the Italian Parliament, eight U.S., UK

and Italian personalities discussed the Assange case

and, in particular, how granting the extradition

request would risk making the U.S. and the UK

judicial systems resemble the infamous Inquisition.




For the complete program of the event, moderated by

the RAI - TV anchor and investigative journalist Riccardo

Iacona, click here.

 

To see the video of the entire event, click here.

 


Now you can see, alternatively, JUST the contributions

in English, presented individually (so you can take your

pick).  Under each video is the transcription of the audio.

 Click here

 

 



 

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On
September 8, 2021, from 11am to 2pm

in piazza di Monte Citorio (outside Parliament),

activists asked MPs to approve a motion that is

currently stalled in a parliamentary commission

and that grants Julian Assange political asylum

in Italy. See the photos by clicking below or here.

 

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September 28, 2021, was the International Day

for Universal Access to Information (or Right to

Know Day) – #AccessToInfoDay, #RightToKnow.

 

That day in Rome, activists consigned a letter to

the President of the European Commission,

Ursula von der Leyen, asking her to put pressure

on the UK (and on the U.S.) to free Julian

Assange, to reject (or withdraw) the request for

his extradition, and to stop persecuting him.

Otherwise the EU should consider sanctioning the

U.S. and the UK, as it does other countries that

persecute journalists, violating their human rights.








Read  the letter to Ursula von der Leyen!



in ENGLISH: click here   in ITALIANO: click here
 





You can sign the letter to von der Leyen, too!



Add your name to this petition: click here









2. In addition, we can:



(a.) Write a Letter to the editor of a newspaper of

your choice, asking for Julian to be set free. Here is

an example of what you could say in your own words

in a letter to a media outlet: click here.



(b.) Join the U.S.-based Assange Defense Committee

(co-chairs: Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Daniel

Ellsberg); they will offer other suggestins for a letter

and, in addition, indicate media to contact: see here.



(c.) Sign the petition asking Biden to drop the charges.



(d.) Make comments in support of Julian on social

media, joining up with these groups on the web to

create a buzz: Action4Assange, NYC Free

Assange, Brits for Assange, Italiani per Assange,

#DropTheCharges, FreeAssangeIT.



(e.) Here are even more initiatives you can take:

Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign.

 

 

 



3. Read this article:


Below is an article we published in the on-line journal

PeaceLink using the talking points mentioned in

point 2. a. above:

 

IN ENGLISH:     The debacle in Afghanistan shows that

Assange should have been listened to, not criminalized.



IN ITALIANO: La debacle in Afghanistan mostra che avrem-

mo dovuto ascoltare, non criminalizzare, Julian Assange.



 

 

For those of you who know Italian:

 

 
4. Watch this TV special:

 

JULIAN ASSANGE: PROCESSO AL

GIORNALISMO", RAI3 PresaDiretta con

Riccardo Iacona, lunedì 30 agosto 21.20:

"Se viene imprigionato chi rivela

documenti segreti, scottanti per il

potere, addio al nostro diritto

all’informazione." (RaiPlay qui)

 



And read the book behind it:
 

 
Esce (
scaricare qui) il libro su Assange

di Stefania Maurizi, giornalista (Repubblica).

Dalla prefazione di Ken Loach: "Questo è un

libro che dovrebbe farvi arrabbiare moltissimo. È la

storia di un giornalista imprigionato e trattato con

insostenibile crudeltà per aver rivelato i crimini di

guerra in Afghanistan e Iraq – quelli di cui

vediamo le consequenze oggi."

 


 

 
5.

 

 



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