The Media are Intentionally Distorting Assange Case – It’s Time to Correct the Record

MAY 21, 2019 BY 21WIRE Charlotte Gracias 21st Century Wire In 2019, media propaganda and distortion of the truth is commonplace. It is equally, if not more evident, in the treatment of Julian Assange by many mainstream media journalists. As a journalist … Continue reading

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US extradition hearing, Julian Assange too ill to appear via video link

Julian Assange was not at Westminster Magistrates Court today for the US extradition request hearing, because of his poor state of health. As his lawyer Gareth Peirce explained, he was too ill to appear via video link from Belmarsh prison.

The Wikileaks founder has actually been moved to the hospital wing of the high-security prison, where he has been jailed since April.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot acknowledged Julian Assange’s ill-health and suggested to hold the next hearing right at Belmarsh.

As happened on 2 May on the occasion of the second extradition hearing, the public and a relevant segment of journalists faced challenges in being admitted to the Court. Initially, reporters holding the National Union of Journalists press card were denied access. “The open court is a cornerstone of common law systems,” some of them complained when the Court employees announced that only ten members of the press would be admitted to the hearing.

Other reporters highlighted that being able to report the hearing is even more crucial now that the Espionage Act is being brought against a journalist for the first time in the US, while another member of the press who came on purpose from abroad asked the officers why the hearing was not being held in Court 1, which includes a superior number of seats.

It is not known if these complaints influenced the decision to move the hearing from Court 3 to Court 1, as happened some minutes later. The public, including the former Ecuadorian consul Fidel Narváez and the BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker John Pilger were finally able to attend the hearing..

It lasted only a few minutes — just long enough for the court to take note of Julian Assange’s state of health. It is possible the scheduled date for the next hearing will be changed from 12 June to another date.

Ouside the Court, several groups joined the demonstration organised by the Julian Assange Defence Commitee. Among the speakers who addressed the activists also Maxine Walker, who was later interviewed by Wise Up Action and expressed concerns and interrogatives on what is now happening at Belmarsh prison. “Somebody convicted of a bail offence — a minor offence — why are they in a high security prison, in solitary confinement? That’s being done deliberately to damage his health, and to damage his well-being.”

And she is not the only one. Outside Westminster Magistrates Court, the activists worried for Julian Assange’s medical conditions are of the same advise.

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Maxine Walker on the US extradition request for Julian Assange

Just after the US extradition hearing, the activist Maxine Walker expressed her point of view on the US extradition request and the illegal hand over of Julian Assange’s personal belongings to the US, operated last week by the Ecuadorian Embassy.  … Continue reading

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Julian Assange writes from Belmarsh

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Julian Assange has replied to Gordon Dimmack who recently wrote to him in Belmarsh prison. Please share widely his words from prison. Thanks to Maxine Walker who has done the transcript we can read the letter here: Thanks Gordon you … Continue reading

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Public Meeting held in London for Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange

The Socialist Equality Party of Britain organised a public meeting in support of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning in central London yesterday. Here is the video from the meeting: Clara Campos from The Julian Assange Defence Committee said: For years … Continue reading

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The struggle continues in defence of Julian Assange at Courts and in the streets

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Dear Friends The situation we have in front of us is that Julian Assange, the publisher of WikiLeaks has been in jail at Belmarsh maximum security prison since the 11th of April after his brutal expulsion from the embassy by … Continue reading

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At Parliament Square on 14th of April 2019 in support of #WikiLeaks Julian #Assange (photos and videos)

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              Event covered here: Protest in London’s Parliament Square demands release of Julian Assange Julian Assange supporters protest outside Supreme Court in London as UN human rights expert plans visit to Wikileaks chief in … Continue reading

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At Belmarsh prison for Julian Assange’s freedom 13th – 14th of April 2019 (pictures/videos)

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After his brutal arrest on April 11th, and his express 15 minute Court hearing and conviction for Bail skipping at Westminster Magistrates court we were shocked to learn that Julian Assange was dispatched at Belmarsh Maximum security prison at London’s … Continue reading

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The Real Fight Begins Now – Solidarity Vigil outside Belmarsh prison 13th April – 4pm

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Julian Assange was brutally arrested by UK Police today after the Lenin Moreno administration removed his political asylum. The real fight begins now for the those who support the right to publish truthful information and the freedom of Julian Assange. … Continue reading

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February 2019 continued solidarity with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks – Activists in their own words

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  What do we want? Human Rights for #JulianAssange When do we want it? #Now #FreeAssange — Wendy Hijazi (@wendysone1) February 27, 2019 Response from my MP @HarrietHarman arrived yesterday. (Sharing without comment.) cc:@DefendAssange @khrafnsson @wikileaks @suigenerisjen @AssangeLegal #FreeSpeech … Continue reading

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