2020-12-29, 17:00–17:40, r3s - Monheim/Rhein
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.