Julian Assange is still being held in high-security Bemarish prison in London, without clear charges except for doing his job as investigative journalist, obtaining information from sources, and publishing data about corruption and abuse of power, most important of which was the publishing of tens of thousands of secret files about US military wrongdoings and alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Following up the recent updates on Assange Case, JSC calls again for unconditioned release of Julian Assange, founder and editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, and the drop of all charges and legal prosecutions against him, as these trials pave the way for a global undermining of press freedom and threaten the security of journalists and researchers in their pursuit to reveal the truth to local and international communities.
In details, on Wednesday August 11th, 2021, two British judges agreed to granted the US goverments extra grounds to appeal to judge Baraitser’s decision to block the extradition of Assange (back in January 2021), referring to his serious risk of suicide due to his mental state. The full hearing in the case will take place on October 27th and 28th,2021, and Assange will be remanded in custody till then.
In light of the afore mentioned, Journalist Support Committee affirms that keeping Assange remanded adds up to the dangerous threats to freedom of press and journalism posed by Assange’s case, where there is explicit criminalizing of the essence of journalism, which is the right to receive information, contact and protect sources, as well as publish the information obtained, paving the way for the possibility of holding journalists accountable, under national security considerations worldwide where national security imperatives are precisely the basic suffering endured under authoritarian, totalitarian governments
Demanding his unconditioned release and the drop of any charges, JSC highlights the seriousness of the political prosecutions and accusations against the journalist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, calling for an end to political and illegal prosecutions against him, releasing him, granting him his full freedom to move without prosecution and ensuring the follow-up of his psychological treatment.