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Don’t shoot the messenger!
We are all Julian Assange!
On January 4, 2021, Julian Assange’s extradiction to the
United States was blocked by U.K. District Judge Vanessa
Baraitser; on the basis of psychiatric examinations, she
ruled that extradition and then imprisonment in the U.S.
would be "oppressive", given Assange’s mental health.
On April 11, 2021, the U.S. managed to get the case
reopened claiming that the psychiatrist had not taken into
account all the evidence. The question will be debated
before the High Court in London on October 27-28. If the
objection raised by the U.S. is considered valid, the Court
could decide for Assange’s immediate extradition. As a
last resort, Assange could appeal to the UK Supreme
Court or possibly the European Court of Human Rights.
To provide a backdrop to the court hearing, during
September and October, 2021, initiatives will be taken
all over the world to awaken public opinion to the
importance of Assange's case.
Because hanging in the balance is not just the fate of a
courageous journalist who dared to expose U.S. war
crimes and other illegal behavior, but investigative
journalism itself. For if Assange is imprisoned, then
journalists all over the world will think twice before
investigating and denouncing possible governmental
wrong-doing. Thus, the fight to free Julian Assange is
the fight to preserve Freedom of the Press.
friends in the U.K., who are preparing a rally for
Assange the opening day of his hearing (Oct. 27)
outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London?
(a.) Write a Letter to the editor of a British newspaper
of your choice, speaking up for Julian, mentioning the
hearing and inviting readers to come to the Royal
Courts to show their support. Here is an example of
what you could say, turning it into a letter: click here.
(b.) Join the U.S.-based Assange Defense Committee
(co-chairs: Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Daniel
Ellsberg) and, before sending off your letter, submit it
to them; they will help you improve it and also suggest
U.S. media where you can send it as well: see here.
(c.) Sign the petition asking Biden to drop the charges.
(d.) Make comments in support of Julian and the Oct.
27 rally on social media and join up with activists on
(e.) Here are even more initiatives you can take:
PeaceLink using the talking points mentioned in
point 1. 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 dopo lunedì)
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."