Julian Assange wins 2019 EU journalism award
(vf) - 16. April 2019 - Strasbourg - Publisher and Journalist Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 European United Left-Nordic Green Left Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information, WikiLeaks informed Tuesday - thus recognizing Assange’s work through WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been honoured with the 2019 GUE/NGL Award for journalists and whistleblowers, which is sponsored by European parliamentarians and was established in 2018 in honour of assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Galizia.
The award is given to individuals “uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public” and to honor “individuals or groups who have been intimidated and/or persecuted for uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public.”
Assange was jailed last week by and in the UK, after being forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and could not be given the award at one of Her Majesty's Prison in London, where he is held now incommunicado while waiting trial.
Mairead Maguire, herself Nobel Peace prize winner in 1976, received and collected the award on Assange’s behalf at an event in the European Parliament in Strasbourg - France.
Assange is a multi-award winning journalist, with more than 15 international recognitions for his work. His most outstanding awards are the 2008 New Media Award from The Economist, 2010 Time Person of the Year (Reader’s Choice), 2009 Amnesty International UK Media Award, among others.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor, said: "Through WikiLeaks Julian Assange's vision of transparency has revolutionalised journalism. His imprisonment and threatened extradition to the United States has drawn a sharp line in the sand. You are either encouraging the crackdown on media freedom or you are standing with Julian Assange."
Last year the Galizia prize was jointly awarded to murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and LuxLeaks whistleblower Raphael Halet.
On April 11, Assange’s seven-year asylum was abruptly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy and was then arrested by British police on minor bail-skipping charges but also on grounds of an extradition request filed by the USA. The U.S. administration unsealed an indictment showing they charged him with “computer hacking conspiracy,” over an allegation he conspired with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno tried to play down his illegal action of removing Assange from the embassy by saying he was a “miserable hacker.” Now his defense is fighting an extradition request to face the U.S. justice system, even though Ecuadorean officials have assured this will not happen.
U.S. imprisonment would mean the violation of fundamental freedom of expression rights - something Assange' defence team has repeatedly explained since Assange is a publisher and journalist.
“The warning is explicit towards journalists. What happened to the founder and editor of WikiLeaks can happen to you in a newspaper, you in a TV studio, you on the radio, you running a podcast,” said award-winning journalist John Pilger.
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Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Mairead MaGuire, accepts the GUE/NGL Prize for ‘Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information’ on behalf of Julian Assange. Mairead Maguire received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in helping to bring about peace in Northern Ireland. After three of her sister’s children were killed during the violence between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland, Mairead Maguire organized massive demonstrations and other action calling for a nonviolent end to the conflict. Along with Betty Williams, Mairead Maguire co-founded ‘Peace People’. Since receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Mairead Maguire has spent her life tirelessly campaigning against oppression, promoting dialogue, nonviolence and equality in deeply divided communities, and standing in solidarity with people who are being persecuted and living in conflict. Mairead Maguire is also the author of 'The Vision of Peace: Faith and Hope in Northern Ireland'. "If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future, we will have to sow the seeds of nonviolence, here and now, in the present." Mairead Maguire: https://nobelwomensinitiative.org/lau... Peace People: https://www.peacepeople.com/julian-ass... World Beyond War - Mairead Maguire nominates Julian Assange for Nobel Peace Prize: https://worldbeyondwar.org/mairead-ma...