A second Belmarsh tribunal in Washington, DC, at the National Press Club will expand on the case for freeing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at 2pm ET.
It was organized by Progressive International, with support from several press freedom organizations. The tribunal will be chaired by Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” and Ryan Grim of The Intercept.
Witnesses will include:
—Marjorie Cohn, professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild
—Michael Sontheimer, journalist and historian (formerly with Der Spiegel)
—Mark Feldstein, veteran investigative reporter and journalism historian at the University of Maryland (who was a defense witness in the Assange extradition trial)
—Trevor Timm, journalist and co-founder of Freedom of the Press Foundation
—John Kiriakou, journalist and CIA whistleblower
—Rebecca Vincent, campaigns director for Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
—Ewen MacAskill, journalist and intelligence correspondent who worked on the disclosures from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for The Guardian
—Ben Wizner, lawyer and civil liberties advocate with the ACLU
—Maja Sever, president of European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
—Ece Temelkuran, journalist and author
—Lina Attalah, co-founder and chief Editor of Mada Masr and a 2020 Knight International Journalism Award recipient
—Sevim Dagdelen, a member of the German Bundestag
—Abby Martin, journalist, filmmaker, and host of "Empire Files"
Ryan Grim, John Kiriakou, and Trevor Timm each endorsed Dissenter editor Kevin Gosztola's book, Guilty of Journalism: The Political Case Against Julian Assange. Abby Martin wrote the foreword for the book. (Gosztola spoke at the first DC tribunal convened in January.)
The tribunal is modeled after the Russell-Sartre tribunals that were convened by activists during the Vietnam War to call attention to war crimes committed by the US government. (See this video for example.)