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We need to fight this, not because Pamela Anderson thinks so, but because it represents the beginning of the end for people like us to freely argue and discuss important subjects on the web. Make no mistake, it isn't Ecuador that's the problem. It's the US Deep State, who hate truth-tellers like Assange, and think they have the power to shut them (and us) up. Public opinion does matter.

Eminent Activists Say The Isolation Of Julian Assange Must Stop
By New Matilda on   April 1, 2018 International Affairs
A group of eminent people, including activists, journalists, film stars and academics, have issued a joint letter calling for an end to the campaign against Australian Julian Assange.

We call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech.

If it was ever clear that the case of Julian Assange was never just a legal case, but a struggle for the protection of basic human rights, it is now.

Citing his critical tweets about the recent detention of Catalan president Carles Puidgemont in Germany, and following pressure from the US, Spanish and UK governments, the Ecuadorian government has installed an electronic jammer to stop Assange communicating with the outside world via the internet and phone. As if ensuring his total isolation, the Ecuadorian government is also refusing to allow him to receive visitors.

Despite two UN rulings describing his detention as unlawful and mandating his immediate release, Assange has been effectively imprisoned since he was first placed in isolation in Wandsworth prison in London in December 2010. He has never been charged with a crime. The Swedish case against him collapsed and was withdrawn, while the United States has stepped up efforts to prosecute him. His only “crime” is that of a true journalist – telling the world the truths that people have a right to know.

Under its previous president, the Ecuadorian government bravely stood against the bullying might of the United States and granted Assange asylum as a political refugee. International law and the morality of human rights was on its side.

Today, under extreme pressure from Washington and its collaborators, another government in Ecuador justifies its gagging of Assange by stating that “Assange’s behaviour, through his messages on social media, put at risk good relations which this country has with the UK, the rest of the EU and other nations”.

This censorious attack on free speech is not happening in Turkey, Saudi Arabia or China; it is right in the heart of London. If the Ecuadorian government does not cease its unworthy action, it, too, will become an agent of persecution rather than the valiant nation that stood up for freedom and for free speech. If the EU and the UK continue to participate in the scandalous silencing of a true dissident in their midst, it will mean that free speech is indeed dying in Europe.

This is not just a matter of showing support and solidarity. We are appealing to all who care about basic human rights to call on the government of Ecuador to continue defending the rights of a courageous free speech activist, journalist and whistleblower.

We ask that his basic human rights be respected as an Ecuadorian citizen and internationally protected person and that he not be silenced or expelled.

If there is no freedom of speech for Julian Assange, there is no freedom of speech for any of us – regardless of the disparate opinions we hold.

We call on President Moreno to end the isolation of Julian Assange now.

List of signatories (in alphabetic order):

Pamela Anderson, actress and activist

Jacob Appelbaum, freelance journalist

Renata Avila, International Human Rights Lawyer

Sally Burch, British/Ecuadorian journalist

Alicia Castro, Argentina’s ambassador to the United Kingdom 2012-16

Naomi Colvin,Courage Foundation

Noam Chomsky, linguist and political theorist

Brian Eno, musician

Joseph Farrell, WikiLeaks Ambassador and board member of The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Teresa Forcades, Benedictine nun, Montserrat Monastery

Charles Glass, American-British author, journalist, broadcaster

Chris Hedges, journalist

Srećko Horvat, philosopher, Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25)

Jean Michel Jarre, musician

John Kiriakou, former CIA counterterrorism officer and former senior investigator, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Lauri Love, computer scientist and activist

Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, Presidential advisor

John Pilger, journalist and film-maker

Angela Richter, theater director, Germany

Saskia Sassen, sociologist, Columbia University

Oliver Stone, film-maker

Vaughan Smith, English journalist

Yanis Varoufakis, economist, former Greek finance minister

Natalia Viana, investigative journalist and co-director of Agencia publica, Brazil

Ai Weiwei, artist

Vivienne Westwood, fashion designer and activist

Slavoj Žižek, philosopher, Birkbeck Institute for Humanities

https://newmatilda.com/2018/04/01/eminent-activists-say-isolation-julian-assange-must-stop/

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Re: Julian Assange Is The Test Case For World-Wide Internet Censorship
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 09:27:02 AM »
We need to fight this, not because Pamela Anderson thinks so, but because it represents the beginning of the end for people like us to freely argue and discuss important subjects on the web. Make no mistake, it isn't Ecuador that's the problem. It's the US Deep State, who hate truth-tellers like Assange, and think they have the power to shut them (and us) up. Public opinion does matter.

Julian Assange has a lot more  friends on Twitter and Facepalm than we do.  I don't think Da Goobermint is too woried about Old Geezers chewing the fat.

Basically, JA is effectively being imprisoned, so I'm not surprised his internet connection has been cut off.  They didn't give Ted Koscynski free internet access either.

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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2018, 10:02:07 AM »
My understanding is that Ted K. has written multiple books in prison. I'd like to read them. I need to investigate that possibility. I expect they're hard to access.
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2018, 10:21:31 AM »
My understanding is that Ted K. has written multiple books in prison. I'd like to read them. I need to investigate that possibility. I expect they're hard to access.

I read that as well.  I wonder if publishers are even allowed to publish them?

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Re: Julian Assange Is The Test Case For World-Wide Internet Censorship
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2018, 12:09:36 PM »
My understanding is that Ted K. has written multiple books in prison. I'd like to read them. I need to investigate that possibility. I expect they're hard to access.
I read that as well.  I wonder if publishers are even allowed to publish them?
I can see no reason why they wouldn't be allowed to... in fact, I would consider it a violation of the first amendment to prevent it.  However, I think they can and are prohibited from actually paying him anything for them if they are in any way related to his crimes.  With someone like Ted K., I don't think that would be a problem.
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Re: Julian Assange Is The Test Case For World-Wide Internet Censorship
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2018, 12:15:26 PM »
My understanding is that Ted K. has written multiple books in prison. I'd like to read them. I need to investigate that possibility. I expect they're hard to access.
I read that as well.  I wonder if publishers are even allowed to publish them?
I can see no reason why they wouldn't be allowed to... in fact, I would consider it a violation of the first amendment to prevent it.  However, I think they can and are prohibited from actually paying him anything for them if they are in any way related to his crimes.  With someone like Ted K., I don't think that would be a problem.

Legally speaking, I can't see any reason either, but neither can I find any of TKs prison writings online either.

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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2018, 06:46:10 PM »
Legally speaking, there's always Sedition.  But also non-legally, they only have to put the hard word out to publishers that this is a matter of national security and that all copies WILL be seized and pulped. Web sites can be deregistered, unless you registered them in Russia, which is why Wikileaks did that.
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