Amnesty International Resists Calls To Designate Assange A 'Prisoner Of Conscience' As Extradition Looms
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[Note: The final day of evidence in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition trial concluded. I’ll have a report on the conclusion once statements submitted by attorney Gareth Peirce on abuse of process in the case are released to the press.
Until then, here is an announcement for an upcoming event I co-organized for this weekend.]
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s legal team called their last witness in the extradition trial, which has unfolded over the past four weeks at the Old Bailey Courthouse in London. The defense and prosecution will file closing submissions to the magistrate court, and a decision on extradition is expected on January 4, 2021.
Throughout the extradition trial, independent media have led the way in defying a blackout by corporate media institutions around the world. They have worked to focus on the substance of testimony from witnesses instead of trivial moments that establishment reporters have turned into sensational clickbait headlines that distract from what is at stake for global press freedom.
On October 3, journalists from independent or alternative media, who were credentialed by the court, will come together to highlight crucial developments during the extradition trial. They will outline some of the most effective testimony and also discuss some of the obstacles, which Assange’s legal team face in convincing a judge to reject the United States government’s extradition request.
The event will be hosted by Shadowproof.com. And if you’re unable to tune in for the live broadcast, it will archive and be available for viewing after the event.
Watch on Shadowproof’s YouTube Channel
on October 3 at 8 am EST / 1 pm BST / 10 pm AEST
Mohamed Elmaazi, Sputnik
Tareq Haddad, London-based independent reporter
Mary Kostakidis, Sydney-based journalist
Taylor Hudak, acTVism Munich
Joe Lauria, Consortium News
Richard Medhurst, independent journalist
Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof
Juan Passarelli, filmmaker