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Online discussion hosted by Socialist Democracy

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange being transported in a prison van.

The persecution of
Julian Assange
and the threat to journalism

Speaker: Brian Pelan. Belfast NUJ
 (personal capacity)

19 January 2021
19.00 London/Dublin
Zoom platform


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Brian Pelan is the editor of the social affairs magazine VIEW ( and the co-founder of the social enterprise VIEWdigital. Prior to setting up the magazine, he worked as a journalist for several newspapers in the UK and Ireland. He has also lectured extensively on journalism and social affairs.  Brian is currently the secretary of the Belfast branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).


“Those who campaigned so vigorously to keep Assange’s case in the spotlight, even as the US and UK corporate media worked so strenuously to keep it in darkness, are the heroes of the day. They made the price too steep for the British establishment to agree to lock Assange away indefinitely in the US for exposing its war crimes and its crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan. But we must not downplay the price being demanded of us for this victory.”
Jonathan Cook

Assange wins. The cost: Press freedom is crushed, and dissent labelled mental illness (read full article)

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