ASSANGE EXTRADITION: CN’s Gary Webb Award Presented to Kristinn Hrafnsson on Behalf of Julian Assange

Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria presented the 2020 Gary Webb Freedom of the Press Award to WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson on behalf of Julian Assange after a rally for Assange in Parliament Square in London.

Consortium News has presented the 2020 Gary Webb Freedom of the Press Award to Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, following a march and rally at Parliament Square in London on Saturday. 

The award reads: “For bravery in the face of a grave threat to Freedom of the Press and for journalistic accomplishments in revealing crimes of the state.”

You can watch the presentation here:


19 comments for “ASSANGE EXTRADITION: CN’s Gary Webb Award Presented to Kristinn Hrafnsson on Behalf of Julian Assange

  1. Brian Eggar
    February 24, 2020 at 18:22

    Next stop the Nobel Peace Prize.

    It would make a change if the prize was given to somebody who had made a real effort to promote peace rather than people like Obama.

    • jmg
      February 26, 2020 at 06:06

      Brian Eggar wrote:
      > Next stop the Nobel Peace Prize.

      Yes, Assange, Manning, and Snowden are already nominated:

      “Dear Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee,
      “We wish to nominate Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, in honour of their unparalleled contributions to the pursuit of peace, and their immense personal sacrifices to promote peace for all.”
      — 17 Members of the German Bundestag, January 31, 2020

      (Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize — Defend WikiLeaks — 6 February 2020)

  2. February 24, 2020 at 13:15

    Thank you, Julian Assange, you are one of the great heroes of our time. You deserve this award and many others. May you soon walk free among us!

  3. February 24, 2020 at 09:45

    Thank you Consortium News for keeping my father’s name alive and honoring those who deserve it.

    • February 24, 2020 at 11:24

      I have great respect for your father. He was a REPORTER

    • Bob Van Noy
      February 25, 2020 at 07:53

      Great to hear from you Ian Webb. Your Father will be recognized some day as a major Journalist…

    • ML
      February 25, 2020 at 09:34

      Ian, I am so sorry about what happened to your dad. He did not deserve to be treated so badly and we will always remember his great contributions to noble journalism, not the trash journalism we see today in the mainstream press. I bet you are very, very proud of your father. What a great man.

    • Lee Campbell
      February 26, 2020 at 23:31

      I echo your sentiments, and I would ditto what Cal, Bob and ML wrote.

  4. helen
    February 23, 2020 at 19:41

    Thank you for your good work on behalf of Julian Assange.

  5. Jill
    February 23, 2020 at 19:24

    Please ask the lawyers to hold an emergency bail hearing so Assange does not end up like Webb. Reports from his father indicate that he was harassed in his prison cell before meeting with his father today. That’s quite obviously torture and don’t think the UK can’t do an Epstein if they want to.

    Try to get him out now.

    Yes, I’m glad you gave this award to him. He certainly earned it.

  6. Sam F
    February 23, 2020 at 18:15

    Julian Assange certainly deserves the award, and we may hope that Parliament acts if the UK judiciary does not, in view of the threat to freedom of the press. I shall despair of the UK if they extradite Mr. Assange against the will of the People.

    The UK/US press should be shamed for failure to speak out on this matter about (1) the legality of the secrets, (2) the constitutional imperative that wars be only defensive, and started only by Congress, (3) the collapse of safeguards against excessive surveillance, (4) the takeover of mass media by money power and secret agencies, (5) the loss of democracy to money power. Let us hope that future crises reveal the truth to a People unhappy enough to dump mass media for the alternatives, enough to start thinking about domestic issues if not foreign policy.

    • February 24, 2020 at 11:23

      I tend not to describe people as hero’s but Gary Webb and Robert Parry come as close as anyone.
      Assange has been burning on a stake as a result of inhumane acts by authoritarian political monsters.
      Assange and Manning should be freed, immediately. And Snowden should be hailed a hero.
      I have began to wonder, is it possible that Vladimir Putin might be more humane than Donald Trump and his cult zombies.

  7. Dr B T
    February 23, 2020 at 13:30

    Thanks, CN!

    CN also deserves prize for Best Independent Journalism!

    • Kim Looi
      February 25, 2020 at 15:09


  8. Lily
    February 23, 2020 at 13:09

    Thank you Joe Lauria, thank you Kristinn Hraffnson for what you are doing for Julian Assange.

    He is a hero. That award looks great and Julian definitely deserves it.


  9. Bob Van Noy
    February 23, 2020 at 10:14

    What a wonderful moment! Thanks to all involved…

    • boxerwar
      February 23, 2020 at 20:36

      Gary Webb + Julian Assange = “The World Is A Ghetto”


      Reagans’ White Wing Defining Statement, (Pronouncement) to/for the American Right Wing…
      … “THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA IS OVER ! ! ! !”
      Trump is the pronounced executor / finisher of Reagan s’ Proclamation … .

      See: Ghetto-Physics

  10. Marcella
    February 23, 2020 at 10:10

    Thank you Consortium News for being there in London and keeping readers informed
    about the support activities for Julian. This award stands up for justice.

    • Monty
      February 25, 2020 at 03:54

      Thank Uall = Namaste !!!!

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