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Calls for Assange's release UN expert joins calls for presidential pardon for Assange

UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has written an open letter to US president Donald Trump, becoming the latest in a chorus of voices calling for a pardon for Assange

Global Security Bill-France Protests against proposed ‘global security’ law continue in France 

The French government introduced a bill which grants more autonomy to local police, expands use of surveillance drones and portable cameras by police patrols, and makes illegal the dissemination of images where police officers can be identified

New French security bill could make it harder to hold police accountable

Protests took place across France to oppose the recently introduced Global Security bill. This bill criminalizes filming on-duty police officers if they are identifiable and if harm is intended.

basma-mostafa arrested Egypt Journalist Basma Mostafa arrested in Egypt

Basma Mostafa was arrested when she went to cover protests following the alleged murder of a man in a police raid last week. Media reports say she has been accused of spreading false news and joining a terrorist organization

CIA torture survivor testifies that cable leaks were crucial to securing redressal

Today’s testimonies reinforced the defense’s argument that the revelations made by Wikileaks has been in the interest of the public and often crucial to securing justice for US crimes

Trial Week 1: Witnesses state Assange did nothing illegal

In the first week of Julian Assange’s extradition trial in London, witnesses sought to bring out the political nature of the prosecution against Assange.

Brazilian leaders Lula and Dilma express solidarity with Julian Assange, reject extradition

The Australian journalist faces 18 charges from the United States and could be sent to the country to be sentenced

The trial of Assange, Day 2: Guantanamo and a warning

The extradition hearings of Julian Assange continued on Tuesday with British lawyer Clive Stafford Smith and journalism professor Mark Feldstein testifying. When Assange termed a prosecution argument nonsense, the judge gave him a warning

Trial for Assange’s extradition resumes in London

The presiding judge Vanessa Baraitser denied dozens of political and civil society monitors remote access to the proceedings

Commemorating the legacy of slain Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh

On the anniversary of the assassination of journalist Gauri Lankesh by religious extremists in India, her sister Kavitha Lankesh talks about her legacy

US files second extradition request for Assange, could further delay hearings

Julian Assange’s lawyers have decried the move as “potentially abusive” and an attempt to delay the extradition hearings until after the elections

Pakistan journalist abducted Abduction of senior journalist widely condemned in Pakistan 

Senior Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan, known for his harsh criticism against the Pakistani military and the ruling dispensation headed by prime minister Imran Khan, was attacked by unidentified persons back in September 2017, as well

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