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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



 

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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.)

 

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 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.)

 

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View the photos of past events:

 
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.

 

 





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

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 1. 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."

 


 

 
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