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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
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 –
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
systems resemble the infamous Inquisition.
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
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.
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!
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
(e.) Here are even more initiatives you can take:
3. Read this article:
PeaceLink using the talking points mentioned in
point 2. a. above:
IN ENGLISH: The debacle in Afghanistan shows that
IN ITALIANO: La debacle in Afghanistan mostra che avrem-
For those of you who know Italian:
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)
read the book behind it:
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."