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Demo in solidarity with Assange - 08/10/22

FOLLOWING THE decision by Home Secretary Priti Patel to proceed with the extradition of Julian Assange, he is appealing to the High Court yet again. According to the Daily Mail, the appeal has been filed.

Banner with the words Free Assange

A banner from an Assange solidarity demo outside the Home Office in May.

Meanwhile, the Don't Extradite Assange campaign, to which the NUJ is affiliated, has called for a demonstration in solidarity with Julian at 1pm on Saturday 8 October. This will take the form of a human chain surrounding the Westminster Parliament. At the time of writing, 1346 people had pledged to be part of that chain.

The organisers estimate they need 5000 to surround the Palace of Westminster with a human chain "from the front of parliament over Westminster bridge, along the south bank of the Thames and back over Lambeth bridge." Details are here.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is due to be extradited to face charges in the US under its Espionage Act in relation to disclosures including the "Pentagon War Logs" revealing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both the NUJ and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) of which the NUJ is a part, completely oppose Julian's extradition. The NUJ "has opposed extradition on the grounds that it was sought since the moment the terms of it were made known". The union calls for support for Assange because of the implications of his prosecution for journalism: see here.