Julian Assange begins his fifth year of asylum


Today, 19 June 2016, marks the start of the fifth year of the political asylum of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who remains within the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, sheltered from extradition that would likely see his removal to the U.S. and trial on espionage charges for publishing diplomatic cables and other documents furnished by the now-imprisoned Chelsea Manning.

To commemorate the date and raise a renewed call for his freedom, notable figures in journalism, governance, human rights, law, environmentalism, academia, art, film, and even fashion raised their voices in events around the world.

For a full list of participants, see thje #freeassagenow website, but meanwhile, from The Press Project, here are a few videos recorded for the event:

We begin with a familiar face:

Noam Chomsky in support of Julian Assange


Next, a Slovenian philosopher:

Slavoj Žižek in support of Julian Assange


And a Chinese artist:

Ai Wei Wei in support of Julian Assange


Followed by a world renowned composer and musician:

Brian Eno in support of Julian Assange


And Italy’s most esteemed investigator reporter, a journalist who lives with round-the-clock police protection because of his brilliant exposes of organized crime:

Roberto Saviani in support of Julian Assange


Finally, the British fashion designer and human rights activist who brought the punk style into the mainstream:

Vivienne Westwood in support of Julian Assange

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