The future of freedom of speech is hanging in the balance.
Deepa Driver speaks exclusively to Resistance TV about efforts to get Julian Assange released from Belmarsh high security prison and addresses the prospects for his impending extradition hearing.
Deepa is a leading figure in the campaign to release the Wikileaks founder. Julian’s ‘crime’ was to expose the abuse of state and corporate power, including war crimes by the US.
His plight at the hands of the British government has generated international condemnation, not least because Article 4 of the extradition treaty between the UK and the US explicitly states that: “Extradition shall not be granted if the offence for which extradition is requested is a political offence.”
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Journalism is on trial
Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks and is charged by the Trump government with publishing the Afghan and Iraq war logs for which he could face 175 years in jail.
He is currently in Belmarsh prison and he is one week into his 4 week extradition hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates Court. Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray has said “he has all the symptoms of a torture victim, in terms of disorientation & difficulty in asserting their will & speaking coherently”
The UN working group on arbitrary detention issued a statement saying that “the right of Mr. Assange to personal liberty should be restored”. Don’t extradite Assange
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Craig Murray who is now fighting a court battle of his own Murray the former UK diplomat turned anti-war activist, has been charged with contempt of court for writing blog posts. He faces a possible two years in jail, with no jury and no freedom of speech defence permitted.