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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 under discussion.
Assange’s extradition will be decided upon before
the High Court in London on October 27-28. 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 on trial will be, not just 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 be reluctant
to uncover and denounce possible 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 Assange, as well as the activists in the UK?
They will be holding a march for him on October 23rd
arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice in London
and then, on October 27th, a rally outside the Courts.
1. Participate in local events:
September 28, 2021, is the International Day
for Universal Access to Information (or Right to
Know Day) – #AccessToInfoDay, #RightToKnow.
That day in Rome, activists will consign 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, reject (or withdraw) the request for
extradition, and put an end to the 10-year-long
persecution of Assange by MI6 and the CIA.
THE LETTER WILL APPEAR
HERE ON SEPTEMBER 28TH
Then in the second half of October, U.S., UK
and Italian jurists will discuss 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. (Time and venue here shortly.)
Finally, on the evening of October 27, 2021, the
first day of the hearing, there will be an event in
Rome (and events in cities around the world) to
let the Court know that the world is watching.
(Time and venue will appear here shortly.)
View the photos of past events:
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.
2. In addition, we can:
(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:
3. Read this article:
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)
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."