Journalists' organizations demand Assange's release

Trade unions and press associations meeting Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, demanded from the UK authorities the “immediate” and “unconditional” release of Australian journalist Julian Assange.


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The president of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Dominique Pradalié, raised in a press conference the demand that the founder of the WikiLeaks platform “be released, rehabilitated and handed over to his family, who can at order to live normally”.

Assange, who leaked information from the United States Government (USA), which implied the interference of the White House in other nations, human rights violations and war crimes, is being held in a British prison awaiting be extradited to the United States, where he will be tried for espionage.

The president of the IJF, with more than 600,000 members in more than 140 countries, stated in relation to the situation of the arrested journalist that “when reporting a crime is treated as if you were committing a crime, you are being directed by criminals.”

The vice president of the IJF, Zuliana Lainez, meanwhile, said on her Twitter social network account that the decision to extradite Assange “does (an) irreversible damage to the profession. Journalism is criminalized. Exposing problems of public interest is not (a) crime”.

Mika Beuster, co-chair of the 30,000-member Association of German Journalists, said the 50-year-old Assange case “sets a very dangerous precedent for press freedom.”

“By extraditing Assange, we are taking democracy hostage,” said the director of the Swiss Press Club, Pierre Ruetschi.

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