WATCH: Assange Rallies on Press Freedom Day

Assange supporters on Wednesday rallied in front of The Washington Post in D.C. and at NBC in New York, as in San Francisco, Sydney, India, and at the DOJ building to highlight the hypocrisy surrounding World Press Freedom Day. (7 videos)

Activist Medea Benjamin took direct action at this press freedom event attended by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. It is followed by video of the Washington rally, courtesy of Ford Fischer of News2Share. 

In New York City, Randy Credico hosted a rally outside Rockefeller Center. Among the speakers were Chris Hedges, Margaret Kimberley, Tarak Kauff (NYC Veterans For Peace), Katie Halper, Margaret Kuntsler, Elizabeth Donato reading a statement from John Pilger. Video courtesy of Joe Friendly. 

In San Francisco. Video courtesy of laborvideo.

In Sydney, Australia a Help Desk was set up in Martin Place to answer questions from the public about Assange. It was manned by journalist Peter Cronau, whistleblower David McBride, and CN Live! executive producer, Cathy Vogan, who also filmed the event for Consortium News. Senators David Shoebridge and Peter Whish-Wilson also stopped by. 

At a press conference at United Nations headquarters, Guilherme Canela De Souza Godoi, chief of the section of Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists for the United Nations Economic and Social Council, was asked about Assange at the 21 minute mark.


In India, the Tricontinental webcast this discussion of Assange on World Press Freedom Day.



10 comments for “WATCH: Assange Rallies on Press Freedom Day

  1. Afdal
    May 5, 2023 at 14:48

    Respect to Cathy Vogan for outlining the technical forensics for why the DNC leaks could not have been a hack. Far too many good journalists are unwilling to communicate that aspect of the DNC leaks and Russiagate hoax because they think it’s too complicated for people to understand or trust.

  2. LeoSun
    May 5, 2023 at 14:28

    Hear! Hear! “CHEERS!” Goes out to Consortium News & their Circle of worldwide Friends, for “Making It Rain!!!” i.e., an absophknlutely phenomenal, MAY 3, 2023-World PRESS Freedom Day Rallies. A prime-time “VISUAL” Campaign, goes viral!!! It’s splendid! It’s all good, right & indeed, “SOLIDARITY” for Julian Assange knock’n @ the door of NBC in NYC!! It’s truly uplifting! It’s the right thing to do!!!

    “Some people dream of great accomplishments while others stay awake and do them,” i.e., named, herein above @: TAGS

    The takeaways are voluminous. “Valerie” calls it, the MUSIC!!! Indeed, from NYC > San Fran, everywhere in between; and, around The World, “Crank it Up!” AND, Cathy Vogan’s, “#Ask Me Anything #Assange.” IS absolutely, GENIUS!

    A well-received, “interactive” public forum. Talk about, “knowing your stuff & whom you’re stuffing,” Cathy Vogan ACED it; and, asks, “Do we (Australia) accept the USA’s universal jurisdiction?”

    My question, for Cathy Vogan, has nothing to do w/Julian Assange; &, everything to do w/her HANDBAG!!! A wholly gorgeous handbag! “Is it a Betsey Johnson?!?” TY, for a reply. I digress…..

    Another great question, from Christina to KQED’s Security, “WHAT are you defending?”

    AND, the wholehearted warmness of Vogan sharing her “platform” & “open” MIC, was felt, again, when Australia’s Senators showed up, stood up and spoke up in total favour of JULIAN ASSANGE. To hear from David McBride, Dr. Cornel West, John Pilger, hearkens MR. FISH’S Art, “BLESSED ARE THE PROTESTERS.” hxxps://

    No doubt, universally, Protestors, PeaceMakers, TruthTellers, are tuned into the Cosmos. Imo, full blown “Synchronicity” lives between plant, animal & human life!!!“ MAY 5, 2023-“WATCH” May’s Full Moon, “The FLOWER Moon,”

    Tonight, MAY 5, 2023, Watch it “BLOOM,” like “SOLIDARITY” for JULIAN ASSANGE did on the World Press Freedom Day; and, it’s GROWING, Daily! “May’s Moon’s name tend to speak to “the arrival of spring and all that it entails!” hxxps://

    Onward & upwards, “Never Say Die! “Keep your eyes on your destination and not where you stumbled.” TY, CN, et al., “Keep It Lit!”

    • May 5, 2023 at 17:03

      Thanks for your kind comments. You can Ask me Anything about Assange but I’m clueless about the brand of my handbag. It certainly is a cutie but I can’t even remember where I got it.

      • LeoSun
        May 6, 2023 at 10:29

        Cathy Vogan,

        I am so absolutely flattered & feel so “honored” to hear from you. TY!

        No worries, about “the brand” of your handbag. I agree, it’s “certainly a cutie;” easily, Betsey’s Sister “Cathy,” @ “Ask me Anything about Assange,” She ROCKS!!! Thank you, Ms. Vogan. “Keep It Lit!” Sincerely, LeoSun

  3. Bushrod Lake
    May 4, 2023 at 19:14

    I’m preferring this to MSNBC.

  4. Valerie
    May 4, 2023 at 18:18

    Those musicians in San Francisco were brilliant. Solidarity, Revolution, I will be released. Amazing songs and performance. Thankyou is not enough to express my sentiments.

    May 4, 2023 at 13:50

    Who can make people believe their lies.

  6. Rudy Haugeneder
    May 4, 2023 at 12:06

    He may die in prison but unlike most leaders, he will be remembered, provided Climate Change does not kill our civilization before we reform.

  7. Valerie
    May 4, 2023 at 09:09

    LOL. I love the way Ms. Benjamin hooked her foot round the chair leg and dragged that “blinkin” person across the floor. Does anyone else see the resemblance to Ignatius and Blinken? When the twitter video started i thought it was Blinken, but that he’d aged about 10 years in a few weeks, dyed his hair and had to wear glasses.

    Thankyou CN and staff for all those great videos. What wonderful people all.

    • JonnyJames
      May 4, 2023 at 12:10

      I enjoyed that as well Valerie, Medea Benjamin definitely got ol’ Blinkerd’s attention. (I’m surprised security let her anywhere near the place) The smug, stuffed-shirt, arrogant @%*+! Ignatius just laughs at her, ignores the message and continues with his scripted nonsense.

      Yes, the two do have a resemblance – I guess soul-less, heartless, spineless cowards are cut from the same cloth – either that or they are non-human ‘droids.

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