Julian Assange given journalism award

Julian Assange

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Julian Assange has been given an award established in honour of an assassinated journalist.

The WIkiLeaks founder was awarded the 2019 GUE/NGL Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers & Defenders of the Right to Information, which was established in 2018 in honour of Maltese journalist Daphne Galizia.

The award is given to individuals "uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public" and to honour "individuals or groups who have been intimidated and/or persecuted for uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public".

Mr Assange was jailed last week after being removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, so Nobel Peace prize winner Mairead Maguire collected the award on his behalf at an event in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

WikiLeaks editor, Kristinn Hrafnsson, 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."

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