Why We Must Save Julian Assange and WikiLeaks
2020-12-29, 17:00–17:40, r3s - Monheim/Rhein
Language: English

Can a journalist reveal state secrets when they cover up very serious human rights violations, war crimes and torture? This is what the Julian Assange and WikiLeaks case is about. Assange's persecution is a judicial case that will decide how far journalism can go in Western democracies.


For the first time in the history of the United States a journalist may end up in prison for publishing truthful information in the public interest. It’s unprecedented. And it should be a wake up call: our democracies are getting so dystopian that the war criminals enjoy impunity, whereas a journalist exposing war crimes faces life imprisonment. We can't afford to lose this case: we must save Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks journalists. In this presentation Stefania Maurizi, Italian investigative journalist who partnered with WikiLeaks will go back ten years into the most complex, intricate and crucial case concerning journalism and free speech today. As a first-hand witness working with Assange within the Ecuadorian embassy and a witness before the UK court, she will detail her work documenting some of the most obscure aspects of the long-term campaign of attacks against WikiLeaks, spanning accross five jurisdictions.


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Can a journalist reveal state secrets when they cover up very serious human rights violations, war crimes and torture?

Stefania Maurizi is an Italian investigative journalist, currently working for the major Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano, after working 14 years for the Italian daily la Repubblica and for the Italian newsmagazine l'Espresso. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents, and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden files about Italy. She has also interviewed A.Q. Khan, the father of the Pakistani atomic bomb, revealed the condolence payment agreement between the US government and the family of the Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto killed in a US drone strike, and investigated the harsh working conditions of Pakistani workers in a major Italian garment factory in Karachi. She has started a multijurisdictional FOIA litigation effort to defend the right of the press to access the full set of documents on the Julian Assange and WikiLeaks case. She authored two books: Dossier WikiLeaks. Segreti Italiani and Una Bomba, Dieci Storie, the latter translated into Japanese.

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