Julian Assange: Guilty of Journalism

By Neenah Payne

Everyone Is A Target: The Case of Julian Assange was hosted on March 29 by WikiLeaks, a/political, and hip hop artist and activist Lowkey for the States of Violence exhibition “Truth to Power”.

Stella Assange (human rights lawyer and wife of Julian) and Matt Kennard (co-founder and chief of investigations at Declassified UK) joined the discussion of the conditions of Assange’s incarceration at the Belmarsh high-security prison in the United Kingdom where he has been for four years. Assange faces indefinite detention while the United States seeks his extradition to face a 175-year prison sentence. The exhibition is free to all between March 24 and April 7.

Targeted By Surveillance

Targeted by Surveillance: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks & Networked Repression #SmartPrisons

Stella Assange (Julian Assange’s wife, Lawyer, UK), Kevin Gosztola (Journalist, Dissenter Newsletter Editor, US). Introduced and moderated by Stefania Maurizi (Investigative journalist, IT). Speaking the Truth is Not a Crime – Edward Snowden, 2013.

As an introduction to the film Ithaka, this panel describes the pervasive surveillance, monitoring, and personal control that has oppressed Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for more than ten years, and discusses the conditions around Assange’s incarceration at the Belmarsh high-security prison in the United Kingdom, where he has been imprisoned for four years, and faces indefinite detention, while the United States seeks his extradition to face a 175-year prison sentence.  He is accused of receiving and publishing documents from Chelsea Manning which documented war crimes, extrajudicial killings, and civilian casualties during the US occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stella Assange: “Belmarsh prison is a surveillance prison which monitors Julian’s every communication and every habit to the utmost degree.”

April 6: Guilty of Journalism

Book Conversation with Kevin Gosztola and Rebecca Vincent

Kevin Gosztola will be in London to speak about his newly published book Guilty of Journalism, a carefully-documented analysis of the government’s case against Julian Assange and its implications for press freedom joined by Rebecca Vincent, the director of operations and campaigns for RSF. Vaughan Smith, freelance video journalist and founded the Frontline Club in London will moderate the event.

The legal action against Julian Assange is poised to culminate in a trial in the United States in 2023, and this book will help the public understand the proceedings.

Date and Time
April 6, 2023, 19:00pm

The Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place
London W2 1QJ

You can order Kevin’s book Guilty of Journalism here.

April 8: Beat The System

a/political and WikiLeaks present: BEAT THE SYSTEM on April 8 at Earth Hackney as the closing event for the States of Violence exhibition at a/political. The night brings together artists and musicians to raise awareness around the importance of press freedom and to empower the public to create positive change.

Date: April 8 at EARTH, Hackney
SHOW: Bugzy Malone, Eva Lazarus, Lowkey, Ngaio
AFTER PARTY: Dutchie x Who Knew, Fabio & Grooverider, Flowdan (Live), Gardna, My Nu Leng, Sherelle + Special Guest

BEAT THE SYSTEM features a back-to-back line up of world renowned acts including Bugzy Malone, Lowkey, Eva Lazarus, and My Nu Leng. Shangri-La’s creative team (wondercloud creations) are creating stage sets and installations for the show in collaboration with ShangrilART and artists from the a/political network.

Taking place just ahead of the four-year anniversary of Julian Assange’s imprisonment in Belmarsh Prison, weeks after the 20 year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, during a moment of widening inequality and the worst strikes over pay in history in the UK, BEAT THE SYSTEM seeks to turn the spotlight back onto the public, emboldening young people in the pursuit of their artistic and political endeavors. It urges them to understand the realities of the world today and to speak up for their right to live in a society that is fair and just.”

The night is in solidarity with artists, musicians, journalists and whistleblowers who are fighting to expose injustice around the world.

Robin Collings, Founder of Shangri-La Glastonbury, says: “Shangri-La exists to reflect the issues of our time, we invite our community to broaden their perspectives, and we promote free expression through music and art. We have always had an incredible and diverse line up and artistic team, all with important voices. It has never been more important to listen!”

a/political spokesperson says, “Music is a tool for change and empowerment. This night will show that politics affects everyone, and we will be encouraging people to actively engage with it.”

“Music moves people. At its best, it sings, if not cries, out with truth. It can be the engine of change and an indispensable vessel for truth when states fail us. That’s why so many brilliant artists, who touch the hearts and lives of millions, support this event. Together we stand for freedom: a world without repression. No more white noise. Sing the truth. London hear our call. Beat the system and Free Assange NOW.” Joseph Farrell WikiLeaks ambassador and Chloe Schlosberg, Wau Holland Foundation.

Tickets available via Earth website, DICE

TICKETS: https://link.dice.fm/N62138f43d16
Marketing/press kit: https://bit.ly/3ZW2L8w

Neenah Payne writes for Activist Post and Natural Blaze

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