PRESS RELEASE  – IT IS TIME TO #RAISETHEVOLUME TO FREE JULIAN ASSANGE (Unstoppable Media)

At the recent Better Way Media Conference in Vienna, we took a stand to demand the release of Julian Assange and called for all independent and new media around the world to take a stand for free speech.  

We believe that:

  1. A free press is essential to the proper working of a democratic society.
  2. Julian Assange revealed material that was wholly in the public interest.
  3. Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US and the charges against him should be dropped.

We made the commitment to launch a Declaration on the 15th of October as part of a series of actions taking place this month to #RaiseTheVolume on the campaign to free Julian Assange. 

This Saturday 8th October there are rallies taking place around the world, with major events being held in London and Washington DC; Thousands of people have pledged to surround UK Parliament in London on Oct 8th by forming a Human Chain around Parliament at 1pm. Find out more about the 

The rally in Washington DC, organised by US’s Assange Defense, features a great line up of speakers like Ben & Jerry’s cofounder Ben Cohen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, EPA whistleblower Marsha Coleman-Adepayo, and CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou and more.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls, European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ-IFJ) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the UK have joined the coalition to oppose the extradition of Julian Assange.

“Julian is fighting for his life – his life depends on not being extradited to the United States. This is a political case, it can be stopped here and it must be stopped here. So on the 8th of October, please show your solidarity, come help free Julian Assange. Thank you for your support” – Stella Assange

The Better Way calls on all journalists, independent media and freedom fighters to mobilise and support the rallies taking place this weekend to free Julian Assange and to take a bold stand for free speech by sharing these events with your audience and organisations.

Please join us in taking a stand this weekend and look out for the next steps for our campaign next week!

For comment and interviews about the campaign please respond directly via this email. Various high profile spokespersons may be available for comment.

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