The controversy surrounding Julian Assange seems to be never-ending as the man himself languishes in a British gaol cell.
So many questions arise from his incarceration – Do you believe in the freedom of the press? Do you believe there is a global effort by governments to silence journalists? Do you believe it is up to all of us to take action to protect journalistic integrity and uncover political spin and cover-ups?
In February a meeting of those who answer ‘yes’ will be held in Mullum.
Assange: no extradition! Action for positive change will be held at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall as Julian Assange, who is currently imprisoned in Britain’s Belmarsh Prison, awaits extradition hearings brought by the US government, who want to try him for 18 charges, including conspiring to hack Pentagon computers and violating espionage laws.
The charges stem from Wikileak’s publication of a series of leaks provided by US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Journalists are an absolute necessity
Assange’s father, John Shipton, says journalists are an absolute necessity. ‘WikiLeaks is a necessity,’ he said. ‘Julian is a necessity. I would just like to see the
Australian government ensure that Julian is not forcibly dragooned to a US prison; to bring him home to his family, to his friends.’
Heading the line up at the event is s Ciaron O’Reilly, lifetime peace activist, instigator and hero of countless international peace campaigns and tireless campaigner for Julian Assange during his years inside London’s Ecuadorean Embassy and at Belmarsh Prison.
Joining Ciaron on stage are author and journalist Mandy Nolan, lawyer, author and candidate for the Together Party Mark Swivel and articulate Extinction Rebellion activist Lily Smith.
A call to action
Event coordinator Liz Elliott says this isn’t just another talking heads occasion. ‘This is a call to action. During the evening, there will be ample opportunity for discussion, information on letter writing, how to create maximum attention and interest among media and politicians.
Australia must unite to bring Julian home. If tried and convicted, he faces decades of imprisonment. Know that you have done everything you could to avert this
miscarriage of justice.’
Entry to Assange: no extradition! is by donation with all profits going to the Free Assange campaign.
This event will be held at Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on Wednesday, February 5 at 7pm.