Brisbane anti-war movement says ‘Free Julian Assange’

Last Train to Mirabad 
Julian Assange took on the US
Wikileak'd ten years war in Afghanistan
Julian roams downstairs in Woolwich Court
Thinking what would Pilger and Ellsberg do now?
Waiting to be taken through tunnel to Belmarsh Prison
Where ghosts of IRA meet
Ronnie Biggs in special secure unit
No Wikileaks today about Sapper Jamie Larcombe
No mention of his Afghan mate
Both dead in Mirabad
- Ian Curr (2011)

No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power.” António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

On World Press Freedom Day, Free Julian Assange

Assange Day (Press Freedom Day)

Brisbane Rally
Friday May 3
12 PM – 1:30 PM
British Consulate 100 Eagle St, Brisbane


Speakers include:

Andrew Bartlett – Green’s Candidate for the seat of Brisbane
Brandon Selic – Pirate Party Australia Queensland Candidate
Ellie Balkin – Peace Advocate, Human Rights Activist
Gary Lord – WikiLeaks Supporter

As people around the world celebrate and advocate for brave and bold journalists and their protection on World Press Freedom Day, WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, faces extradition to the US for alleged conspiracy, while whistle blower Chelsea Manning sits in jail.
The US has charged Assange with computer intrusion in relation to publishing documents leaked by Manning.
The leaks include the Collateral Murder video, The Afghan Diary – Afghan War military logs, the Iraq War Logs (documents covering the war and occupation in Iraq 2004-2009), and Cablegate. Manning, a former military intelligence analyst, spent 7 years in jail for a swathe of charges related to the leak. She has been re-detained for refusing to testify against Assange.
Assange is an Australian citizen. There is great concern about the severity of punishment he could face if extradited.
Human rights, journalist and social justice networks around the world are calling for both Assange and Manning to be released and for relevant governments, the UK and Sweden, to refuse Assange’s extradition to the US.

Australian supporters are calling on Australia’s Foreign Minister for Assange to receive full Australian diplomatic & consular support consistent with that afforded Australian journalist Peter Greste and Saudi asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Alqunun and for Australia to formally and vigorously oppose extradition to the U.S.

For more information: Ellie Balkin: 0466 014 529

*3 May is World Press Freedom Day.


John Shipton – Julian Assange’s father speaks out

“Julian is now in Belmarsh maximum security prison, his next court appearance is on the 2nd of May,” says John Shipton, father of Wikileaks founder and Walkley Award winning journalist Julian Assange.

Mr Shipton says he fears his son could be taken to Guantanamo Bay and tortured now that he has been evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and promptly arrested.

“For a prisoner like Julian, it would be tragic,” says Mr Shipton.

UK media “crowing merciless” at Assange family anguish, says father

But support for Mr Assange is notably absent from both mainstream political and media circles.

“Generally speaking, the chattering class in the UK and journalists are not supportive at all,’ says Mr Shipton.

“Aside from Media Lens, John Pilger and a couple of others,” he says, “they have been crowing merciless at Julian’s distressing appearance and our anguish and Julian’s prospect of being extradited to the United States”.

“Julian is a necessity”

Listening to Mr Shipton speak, it’s hard to know whether he is referring to stories published via his son’s Wikileaks publication or if his world views were the inspiration for Julian Assange’s work.

“We have three grand narratives,” says Mr Shipton, listing contemporary wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

“The Secretary of State at the time, Hilary Clinton, watching on TV, watching Muamma Gaddafi being sodomised to death with a bayonet up the anus, giggling,” he says.

“Journalists are an absolute necessity, Wikileaks is a necessity, Julian is a necessity.”

A father’s plea: “bring him home”

Message from Ellie
Former Brisbane Democratic Rights activist and Catholic Worker, Ciaron O’Reilly

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