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World Desperately Needs Whistleblowers as Big Media, Big Tech Curbing Free Speech, Ex-UN Expert Says

Julian Assange’s potential extradition to the US would set a dangerous precedent, observers warn. Retired UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order Alfred-Maurice de Zayas spoke to Sputnik about a “silent consent” of top international institutions regarding the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder. Last week, Julian Assange’s legal team […]

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Chris Hedges: The Assange case is the most important battle for press freedom in our time

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and host of RT’s On Contact, a weekly interview series on US foreign policy, economic realities and civil liberties in American society. He’s the author of 14 books, including several New York Times best-sellers. If the WikiLeaks founder is extradited and found guilty of publishing classified material, it will […]

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Amnesty says US vows not to torture Assange ‘aren’t worth paper they’re written on’ due to Washington’s dismal human rights record

Amnesty International legal adviser Simon Crowther has slammed the US government’s assurances it would not keep WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in solitary confinement, saying they’re “not worth the paper they’re written on.” During the second day of Washington’s appeal in London’s High Court to extradite Assange, Crowther warned that the assurances made by lawyers representing the US […]

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Half of Austrians fear stating opinions publicly, citing over-the-top political correctness & fear of being branded ‘alt right’

One in two Austrians prefers to keep their opinions to themselves, partly due to fear of being labeled an “alt-right,” a new survey shows, as people in the Alpine land appear to grow wary of “exaggerated” political correctness. An increasing need to watch one’s mouth, which is in no small way influenced by modern “woke” trends, seems […]

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Ex-CIA chief’s call to prosecute sources who outed alleged plot to target Assange ‘CONFIRMS’ story, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief says

WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson said former CIA Director Mike Pompeo has “confirmed” a bombshell report about alleged agency plans to “kidnap or kill” Julian Assange by calling for the prosecution of its sources. During an appearance on journalist Megyn Kelly’s podcast aired on Wednesday, Pompeo was asked to respond to the explosive Yahoo News story – which […]

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‘Beyond the pale’: Americans horrified by report that CIA under Trump discussed assassinating Julian Assange

Journalists, political analysts, and press organizations expressed shock on Sunday over a report that claimed members of former president Donald Trump’s administration had plotted to assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Yahoo News interviewed more than 30 former Trump administration officials for its article revealing that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under Trump’s then-CIA Director […]

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EU Parliament Votes Against Referring to Julian Assange in Final Draft of Fundamental Rights Report

Any mention of the prosecution of Julian Assange has been removed from the EU’s latest report on fundamental rights, despite the best efforts of MEPs such as Ireland’s Clare Daly. The European Parliament passed the final version of the fundamental rights report for 2018 – 2019 on 25 November, excluding any mention of imprisoned publisher […]

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Stop censoring us, Big Tech! Joe Rogan’s $100 million move to Spotify sends stark message to YouTube

The comedian’s landmark shift away from the Google-owned streaming service could signal the start of a wave of creators moving away from the site – as it bafflingly attempts to pander to legacy media. If you know podcasts, you know Joe Rogan. The American comedian has been producing his Joe Rogan Experience for more than […]

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Banning the conspiracist David Icke is WRONG & actually strengthens his case that we’re sleepwalking towards DICTATORSHIP

The banning of the former TV presenter from Facebook and YouTube is an assault on free speech and free expression which needs to be forcefully resisted, whatever your views are on Icke’s theories on world governance. I’m old enough to remember when David Icke was a television sports presenter. For the past thirty-five years or […]

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US media schtum on Assange’s plight despite 3 years of ‘flamboyant devotion’ to protecting press freedom – Greenwald

Award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald has criticized the US media for its deafening silence on the ongoing persecution of Julian Assange, despite the years it has spent railing against the Trump administration. Founder of The Intercept and a long-time Assange supporter, Greenwald despaired at the apparent double standards and performative hyperbole of the US media establishment, […]

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‘Reciprocal measures’: Beijing tells NYT, WSJ, WaPo journalists to hand in credentials as US-China media war rolls on

China is pulling the press credentials of US journalists from outlets including the New York Times and the Washington Post whose passes expire in 2020, in the latest move of an ongoing tit-for-tat with America over media access.

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Court hears Trump offered Wikileaks founder pardon 🎞️

Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a pardon if he said Russia was not involved in a leak of Democratic Party emails, a court has heard. The WikiLeaks founder’s barrister brought the subject up at Westminster Magistrates’ Court ahead of an extradition hearing next week. Court hears Trump offered Wikileaks founder pardon Australian MPs lobby Britain […]

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Not a free speech platform: Facebook declares it’s a ‘publisher’ & can censor whomever it wants, walking into legal trap

Facebook has invoked its free speech right as a publisher, insisting its ability to smear users as extremists is protected, but its legal immunity thus far has rested on a law which protects platforms, not publishers. Which is it? Facebook has declared it has the right, as a publisher, to exercise its own free speech […]

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‘Modern fascism is breaking cover’: Journalists react to Assange Espionage Act charges

The US government’s indictment of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange on 17 additional charges under the Espionage Act has shocked and horrified journalists who are calling it an unprecedented attack on press freedom.

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Assange extradition process is ‘life & death’ for him and for journalism itself – WikiLeaks’ editor

The lengthy sentence incurred by Julian Assange for skipping bail has caused “shock and outrage,” WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson has said, adding that the real fight for him and journalism as a whole lies ahead.

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