1st Scotland Must Resist Protest: 24th February 2020

On the 24th of February 1st day of Julian Assange’s Extradition Court hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates Court, a group of activists in Scotland organised an action in support of Julian Assange. We are very proud to cross post from their … Continue reading

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Correct The Record in the #Assange case – The BBC (Again!)

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Back in July, I scratched the surface of the abysmal record at the BBC in misreporting and creating clearly biased content in their coverage of the Julian Assange case. In October a rally outside the BBC protested the injustice created … Continue reading

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Will Evening Standard correct the record in the Julian #Assange case?

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The Evening Standard has previously done a marvelous job correcting the record in the Julian Assange case after complaints were filed with their Customer Services team highlighting errors with their reporting. Here are some more errors requiring corrections. Will you … Continue reading

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Correct The Record in The #Assange Case – Thomson Reuters

Correcting the record in the Julian Assange case is essential part of our solidarity work in support of the WikiLeaks founder and in these Corvid-19 days of social distancing hampering our street actions, provides an effective alternative of action with significant impact.

So it is very frustrating that neither complaints filed with news wholesalers Thompson Reuters went any further than an acknowledgement. Serious failings there despite a sophisticated online system.

In November last year I notified them that their article “Trump campaign aide pushed Ukraine hacking theory: documents” states : “WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion by the U.S. government in April.” without mentioning that the charge relates to WikiLeaks 2010/11 disclosures about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and State Department Cables. Presenting the charge without its context the article misleads the reader in thinking that the charge is in relation to the context of the article ie the WikiLeaks Disclosure of the DNC Emails. I asked them to correct their reporting to reflect the context of the charge correctly.

Their response was

Thank you for contacting Reuters Online Support. Your request (#132616) has been received, and is being reviewed by our support staff. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

and they closed the complaint.

In March this year I wrote to them again.

Their article “U.S. judge orders WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from prison” states:

“He is wanted on charges of conspiring with Manning to hack into a Pentagon computer system containing classified materials.”

I chose to concentrate my complaint on a single issue, the omission of the Espionage charges. I explained that additional 17 charges under the Espionage Act were added against Julian Assange  in a superseding indictment which could result in a prison term of up to 170 years. In total the 18 charges could result in 175 years imprisonment.[]

I went further to explain that part of the legal challenge at Magistrates Court against Julian Assange’s US Extradition includes arguments that the Extradition request is sought for political crimes such as Espionage. The US/UK extradition agreement prohibits extradition for political crimes. The omission of such charges from the article keeps the British public ignorant of the substance of this case before British courts and it’s significant not only in relation to Julian Assange but also in the context of press freedom and freedom of expression.

I asked them to correct the record by reporting all 18 charges and inserting the correct hyperlink which I appended.

The response was very polite but without any effect:

Thank you for contacting Reuters.com support with your comments and feedback. Your comments have been passed on to our editorial team. Please note that due to the huge volume of emails sent to the Editor daily, we may be unable to provide an individual response. However, all comments are read and taken into consideration.

We appreciate your feedback and we hope that you continue to use and enjoy the Reuters website.

That was the end of it. Considering that as a news wholesaler their articles are syndicated and therefore appear in many websites around the world, accuracy is of grave importance.

A very poor performance indeed!

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Correct the Record in the #Assange case – The Evening Standard

Correcting the record in the Julian Assange case is essential part of our solidarity work in support of the WikiLeaks founder and in these Corvid-19 days of social distancing hampering our street actions, provides an effective alternative of action with … Continue reading

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Westminster Magistrates’ Court, 25 March 2020 Julian Assange Administrative Court Hearing, Bail Application

Report by Tom The court was 1 hour late to commence, the official told us that they had to get Julian. This reminds me of the December hearing, scheduled for the morning it was rescheduled for the afternoon, we were … Continue reading

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Iain Overton (Iraq War Logs) at ‘Anonymous Bites Back’ speaks in defence of Julian #Assange

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Investigative journalist and author Iain Overton worked with WikiLeaks Julian Assange in the publication of the Iraq War Logs while he was working for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Here, speaking to the podcast Anonymous Bites Back, he raises a … Continue reading

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Interview with John Shipton from Defiance by Peter McCormack – Transcript

In these difficult times of the Corona Virus Pandemic turning to the ethers is a creative way to stand in solidarity with the WikiLeaks publisher. Here is an insightful, motivational and beautifully spoken discussion about Julian Assange between Peter McCormick … Continue reading

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Motions in support of Julian Assange signed in the Isle of Wight by Labour Constituency

Isle of Wight CLP at the all members meeting held on the 25th February 2020. MOTION: A motion from the Ryde Branch calling for the immediate release of Julian Assange from Belmarsh prison and calling on the UK Government to … Continue reading

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Candles4Assange Saturday 14/3/2020 – 5pm London Trafalgar Square

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By Alison Mason This Saturday will be a special Candles4Assange with a focus on Chelsea Manning, too often left out. Let’s send out our love to Chelsea as she recovers in hospital due to the pressure of the torturous US … Continue reading

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