Julian Assange Extradition Decision the Latest Blow to Freedom of the Press

This is the result of the High Court decision in Britain. Julian Assange could be extraditedThe United States appears to have finally reached an unfortunate conclusion to Assange’s high profile case. Assange will be handed over to the U.S. Federal Courts. It seems unlikely either Assange or the freedom of press will escape this ordeal unscathed.

When you are looking for a DecisionThe British government has a history of trusting official U.S. promises. Therefore, the High Court accepted American claims that Assange would not be kept in restrictive prison conditions “unless” he did something that could justify such treatment. Accordingly, the judge ordered the district judge “to send the case the Secretary of States, who will determine whether Mr Assange should been extradited to USA.” It’s a fact that both the U.K. Government and the U.S. have sought since the beginning.

Assange is facing charges in America for “allegedly role in one the largest breaches of classified information in US history,” Wordsof the U.S. Department of Justice. Wikileaks was essentially involved in the following. Chelsea ManningAssange is facing espionage charges for the information he obtained.

Ironically Assange will be extradited from the United States in the same year that the Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa & Dmitry Muratov were awarded for their defiance of the governments in Russia and the Philippines to cover news that official find difficult. 

According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, “They represent all journalists who are willing to stand up for the ideal of democracy and freedom in a world where democracy is increasingly threatened,” Not noted. It added that “free, independent, and fact-based journalism protects against power abuse, lies, and war propaganda.”

Notably, Manning and Assange exposed information primarily concerning U.S. military operations. This revealed facts that could be argued to contradict war propaganda.

Amnesty International stated that the indictment by the US government “poses a serious threat to freedom of press both at home and abroad.” OpposedThe U.K. High Court ruling. If it is upheld, it will undermine journalists’ and publishers’ key roles in scrutinizing government and uncovering their wrongdeeds. Journalists everywhere would be looking at each other.

The Freedom of the Press Foundation stated that today’s decision is an alarming setback to press freedom around the globe and in the United States. It also represents a significant escalation of the Espionage Act’s use in the “War on Whistleblowers” which has grown over the past few presidential administrations. Comment.

This has been done to illuminate all the voices worldwide for freedom and the authorities. Richard Hillgrove is Julian Assange’s former PR rep. He said this over email: “If Assange can experience it for just exposing the truth then I could have it happen to my for publishing a document.” “At the same time, it’s created a petrifying and chilling example to the global journalistic community – crushing investigative journalism worldwide.”

Nonetheless, Assange still has our support. isn’t universal among journalists.

Maria Ressa (one of the Nobel Peace Prize Winners this year) said, “I believe that Wikileaks wholesale dumping is actually not journalism.” insistent2019 In 2019.

Yet, There are reasonsJacob Sullum of’s pointed out last month that journalists can get unreasonably snarky about their profession. He said that they insist that this is an elevated position and that there are no other jobs that one could do.

Eugene Volokh, a UCLA professor of law and First Amendment scholar, has demonstrated that the notion that free speech is something that only bona fide journalists can enjoy is fundamentally wrong. Write. The historical record clearly shows that “freedom of speech” refers to mass communication technology, and not to one profession.

That means anyone gathering and publishing information to the public constitutes journalism. However, others may have differing ideas on how and when that information should go out. While government officials often use “national security” to shield themselves from scrutiny, there is no compelling reason for Manning’s information not being published. Pentagon PapersOr anything else.

Consider this when you think about the Pentagon Papers.

“This is a first indictment against a journalist editor or publisher Julian Assange,” Daniel Ellsberg said. Ellsberg released documents which came to be called the Pentagon Papers. It should be noted2019 In 2019. Journalism is also a crime if this is true. I’ve been harassed numerous times by journalists asking for documents or more than I had already given.

In Assange’s or other similar cases, journalists won’t openly be considered a crime. However, his long struggle culminated recently in Assange being convicted by the High Court and suffering a mini-stroke due to stress (according his fiancee). Stella MorisThis is an incredible shot that crosses the bow for newsgathering professionals. The fact that the shot is coming from governments in nominally-free countries emphasizes this message. When the United Kingdom and America cheer on inconvenient reporting and abuse, what treatment should those who are exposed to these missteps by the power-that be expect?

If we are to maintain press freedom, and greater protections of free speech, professionals journalists have to quit pretending their work requires them to be members of an exclusive club. Julian Assange or everyone else will be able to do journalism that offends people in power. Or it will become glorified PR work for those in power.