National Union of Journalists Calls on Other Unions to Condemn Persecution of Assange
November 6, 2020
The National Union of Journalists, which represents journalists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, is calling on other trade unions to pass resolutions protesting the persecution of Julian Assange. The NUJ was founded in 1907 and has 38,000 members. It slams the prosecution as a “grave threat to free speech and a free press.”
10 Years After Iraq War Logs, It’s Impunity for War Criminals, War on Whistleblowers
October 22, 2020
Brett Wilkins of Common Dreams covers the anniversary of the Iraq War Logs, noting the grisly contrast in accountability. Those responsible for war crimes, civilian casualties, and cover-ups have faced no consequences, while those who helped inform the public — notably whistleblower Chelsea Manning and publisher Julian Assange — have been subject to torture and relentless legal persecution.
Legal Scholar Marjorie Cohn Discusses the Importance of the Iraq War Logs
October 22, 2020
Appearing on Kevin Gosztola’s Dissenter Weekly podcast, former president of the National Lawyers Guild Marjorie Cohn discusses the Iraq War Logs and the important press freedom implications of the Julian Assange case. According to Cohn, the Iraq War Logs were released in the public interest and helped change the course of global events.
The Assange Case is Politicized
October 20, 2020
In an interview with Al Jazeera, lawyer Jennifer Robinson touches on the politicized nature of the U.S. indictment of Julian Assange, how the WikiLeaks founder is holding up, and what’s next in the case.
The U.S. Should Indict American War Criminals, Not Julian Assange
October 16, 2020
Acclaimed journalist Chip Gibbons touches on the unprecedented and dangerous U.S. indictment of Julian Assange. If the U.S. is able to extradite the Australian publisher for his journalistic activities abroad, it will open the door to abuses on other journalists and make exposing war crimes and demystifying war propaganda more difficult. Rather than targeting journalists, Gibbons argues, the real focus should be on those breaking the law and committing war crimes.
Assange Faces Extradition for Exposing U.S. War Crimes
October 11, 2020
Marjorie Cohn, law professor emerita and former president of the National Lawyers Guild, digs deep into arguments surrounding the Assange extradition case. Cohn notes the impact of WikiLeaks’ work, the politicized nature of the charges against Assange, and the importance of the case on press freedom.
Congress Moves to Save Journalism and Free Assange
October 6, 2020
The growing bipartisan movement to protect press freedom and stop the persecution of whistleblowers and publishers is a ray of hope in our otherwise divisive political climate. This article looks at H.Res.1175, a resolution sponsored by Democrat Tulsi Gabbard and Republican Thomas Massie. The resolution sends a strong message that journalism is a vital part of our democratic character and calls for the Justice Department to drop its efforts to prosecute Julian.
The Unprecedented and Illegal Campaign to Eliminate Julian Assange
October 5, 2020
The Intercept’s Charles Glass takes a deep look at the lengths the U.S. government and its foreign partners have gone to in their campaign against Julian. From spying to violating medical and legal confidentiality to weighing assassination plots, it’s hard to see how any court could grant Julian a fair trial.
Artist Ai Weiwei Stages Pro-Assange Protest as Court Hears of “Intolerable Conditions” Assange Would Face in U.S. Jails
September 28, 2020
From the Associated Press: Renowned artist Ai Weiwei staged a silent protest outside the Old Bailey court to bring attention to the prosecution of Julian Assange. “He is prepared to fight,” Ai said, “but this is not fair to him. Free him.” The article also covers testimony in Assange’s extradition case dealing with the oppressive conditions Assange would face in U.S. detention. Witnesses discussed the extreme measures Assange would be subjected to, including the “near permanent solitary life” he would live under U.S. “Special Administrative Measures.”
Ben & Jerry’s Cofounder: If Assange is Prosecuted, “Then We’re No Longer in a Democracy”
September 25, 2020
Ben & Jerry’s cofounder Ben Cohen spoke with AL DÍA about the importance of the Assange trial and the implications for American democracy. “The key to a functioning democracy is a free press,” Cohen argued. If the government can prosecute journalists for publishing information the government “doesn’t want you to know…then we’re no longer in a democracy. We’re in some kind of totalitarian state.”