In a number of videos posted here journalists and supporters defended the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher from the repression against him from the U.S. and British states.
On World Press Freedom Day Sunday U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the immediate release of all journalists imprisoned for their reporting.
Meanwhile Pompeo’s government has forced the imprisonment of journalist Julian Assange—for his reporting.
Great to hear Mr Pompeo!
When are you going to release my multi-award winning journalist son Julian Assange?
— Christine Assange (@MrsC_Assange) May 3, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden, now the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, tweeted that “attacking the press and attempting to intimidate media is a standard part of the authoritarian playbook around the world. And it’s why Donald Trump’s efforts to demonize the media puts us on such a dangerous path.”
In December 2010 Vice President Biden said Assange’s case was “closer to being a high-tech terrorist than to the Pentagon Papers.”
— Trevor Fitzgibbon (@TrevorFitzgibb1) May 4, 2020
Journalists and Assange supporters on Sunday took part in numerous online discussions defending the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher. Here is a selection of some of those videos.
In the first (1hr 16m), CN Live! Executive Producer Cathy Vogan interviews CN Editor Joe Lauria and the hacker, Commander X, an Anonymous leader who took part in Operation Avenge Assange after WikiLeaks was cut off from donations through PayPal and MasterCard. He spoke from his newly-won political asylum in Mexico. Video by #WorldPressFreedomDay Digital March For #JulianAssange.
The second video (58m) features Aaron Mate interviewing journalists Barton Gellman and Ewen MacAskill plus Rebecca Vincent, UK bureau director at Reporters without Borders, produced by the Courage Foundation.
The third clip (4m) features veteran Australian broadcaster Mary Kostakidis in a video by the Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition.
The final video (2hr 1m) produced by Slow News Day, presents CN Live! co-host Elizabeth Vos, journalist Kevin Gosztola, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.