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Complicity of the corporate media in the defamation of Julian Assange’s character

Assange / December 2021 issue / Human Rights
New FOI responses confirm the British government’s media campaign against Julian Assangeby The Indicteron December 5, 2021  By Nina Cross, Acting chief-editor of The Indicter.

This article revisits the ‘The role of the BBC in the state-sponsored persecution of Julian Assange. Part 1’ in light of relevant FOI responses we have received from the British government (linked to below). They confirm that Jeremy Hunt’s BBC interview on 11th April 2019 was specifically arranged in the Foreign Office for the purpose of commenting on Assange’s arrest.  Assange was arrested for the minor offence of breaching a police bail in 2012 as the result of seeking political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy. He feared persecution by the US government for Wikileaks’ publication of evidence showing US war crimes.

In order to recognise the significance of Hunt’s statement and its impact on Assange, we can measure it against the ECHR’s understanding of how the right to freedom of expression (Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights) can impact on the right to a fair trial (Article 6 of the same Convention):

“Article 10 of the Convention, includes the freedom to receive and impart information. Article 6 § 2 cannot therefore prevent the authorities from informing the public about criminal investigations in progress, but it requires that they do so with all the discretion and circumspection necessary if the presumption of innocence is to be respected…The Court has emphasised the importance of the choice of words by public officials in their statements before a person has been tried and found guilty of a particular criminal offence …As to press campaigns against an accused or publications which contain accusatory aspects, the Court has noted that these may prejudice the fairness of a trial by influencing public opinion and, consequently, the jurors called upon to decide on the guilt of an accused…”

With this clarification by the ECHR in mind, Hunt’s comments on Assange can be examined:

No one is above the law. Julian Assange is no hero.  He has hidden from the truth for years and years and it is right that his future should be decided in the British judicial system.  What has happened today is the result of years of careful diplomacy by the foreign office and I commend particularly our ambassador in Ecuador, and Alan Duncan and his team here in London for their work but also the very courageous decision by President Moreno in Ecuador to resolve the situation that has been going on for nearly seven years I mean it’s not so much Julian Assange being held hostage in the Ecuadorian Embassy, it’s actually Julian Assange holding the Ecuadorian embassy hostage in a situation that was absolutely intolerable for them so this will now be decided properly, independently by the British legal system respected throughout the world for its independent and integrity and that is the right outcome.”

There are no specific facts in Hunt’s statement regarding any charges, crimes or convictions.  His comments “no hero” “hidden from the truth” “holding the Ecuadorian embassy hostage” “absolutely intolerable” are speculative opinion.  His statement is designed to provoke disgust.

As we asked in Part 1 regarding the government’s statements the day Assange was arrested, what possible proportionate and legitimate reason could exist allowing senior ministers to make multiple public statements across government and which infer guilt: “It is only right he is facing justice.” “No one is above the law”.   The issue of public interest could have been addressed with a single objective statement of fact on Assange’s arrest.  But this was not about public interest; it was a strategy to protect the actions of the Ecuadorian government which had unlawfully stripped Assange of asylum.  It was a coordinated campaign by the senior Cabinet ministers to paint Assange as a serious criminal who should “face justice” thereby setting the scene for the US Department of Justice to launch its attack on Assange and set in motion the process to criminalise investigative journalism…………..

Should Assange’s case ever go to the European Court of Human Rights, the malevolent manipulation by politicians should be laid bare.  The extent to which senior politicians have abused their office to interfere with and frame public opinion of Assange should be set out in the Court, as should the role of the British corporate media. The connivance of politicians through the use of the media is further evidence that the persecution of Assange is state-sponsored and has relied on networks and relationships between powerful individuals in public office and powerful media figures and institutions.

The defamation of Assange’s character by the British government is institutional; to this day, over two and a half years after he was rendered by hostile states and placed in high security Belmarsh prison, treated as a terrorist, the government continues its disinformation and smearing campaign against him, as seen on the government website:……….

But only through the complicity of the corporate media has this abuse been possible.  Without its sustained collusion and servility, the powerful would not have impunity; they would not dare attempt what appears to be the slow assassination of a journalist in full public view for exposing their crimes.  https://theindicter.com/new-foi-responses-confirm-the-british-governments-media-campaign-against-julian-assange/?fbclid=IwAR3_g27G5_2LIGeWfWtD-CU4-nuYKQTC9RfseI2GEV-qnzvB2JGpBELEE04

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Don’t put a kind face on “temporary” nuclear waste storage efforts,

Jim Perkins,  https://bangordailynews.com/2021/12/06/opinion/letter-dont-put-a-kind-face-on-temporary-nuclear-waste-storage-efforts/  6 Dec 21

Abigail Curtis’ recent article in the BDN on the development of “temporary” storage capacity for high level nuclear waste accepts the Department of Energy (DOE) whitewashing of the actual history and ignores the complex problems of transportation of spent nuclear fuel from all corners of the nation to a supposedly safe parking lot.

If we really believed such a facility would be temporary, then there will be a future time when those “100,000 tons” of waste would have to be shipped again to somewhere else. Referring to it as “temporary” lifts the burden of having well-thought-out standards and facilities in place.

The DOE’s claim that it and the Biden administration want “consent-based” siting simply means they are willing to pay something to get the local populace to go along or to get a state like Texas or New Mexico to force the local populace to go along. One of the lessons of this year is that it will again be the poor folks, including likely Native Americans, who “volunteer” or more-likely, are volunteered. The idea that, “Oh, no, the Texas Legislature wouldn’t do that,” is laughable.

Putting a kinder face on efforts to force open a repository may help real estate developers on the Maine coast, but it shifts the burden onto all the neighbors of the rail and interstate lines between Wiscasset and the southwest, as well as on the local folks near the “temporary” parking lot.

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Bowen says Labor ready to take climate election fight to Morrison and Taylor — RenewEconomy

Chris Bowen says Labor ready to fight Coalition on climate at next election, and issued a debate challenge to Angus Taylor. The post Bowen says Labor ready to take climate election fight to Morrison and Taylor appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Bowen says Labor ready to take climate election fight to Morrison and Taylor — RenewEconomy

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Explainer: Labor plans 85 “solar banks” to open up solar to renters. What are they? — RenewEconomy

Labor’s ‘solar banks’ policy could break down the barriers to solar ownership for the millions of households who can’t install rooftop solar. The post Explainer: Labor plans 85 “solar banks” to open up solar to renters. What are they? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Explainer: Labor plans 85 “solar banks” to open up solar to renters. What are they? — RenewEconomy

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Alinta proposes 1,000MW offshore wind farm to help power Portland smelter — RenewEconomy

Alinta unveils plans to build 1,000MW offshore wind farm near Portland to help deliver 100 per cent renewable energy supply to local aluminium smelter. The post Alinta proposes 1,000MW offshore wind farm to help power Portland smelter appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Alinta proposes 1,000MW offshore wind farm to help power Portland smelter — RenewEconomy

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AEMO sets out tender timeline for NSW’s rapid transition from coal to renewables — RenewEconomy

AEMO outlines tender timeline for the wind, solar and storage that will replace NSW’s ageing coal fleet. The post AEMO sets out tender timeline for NSW’s rapid transition from coal to renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

AEMO sets out tender timeline for NSW’s rapid transition from coal to renewables — RenewEconomy

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U.S. lawmakers expected to pass resolution supporting radiation exposure compensation for Guam 

leukemia (excluding chronic lymphocytic
leukemia)
• multiple myeloma
• lymphoma (other than Hodgkin’s disease),
and primary cancers of the:
• thyroid
• male or female breast
• esophagus
• stomach
• pharynx
• small intestine
• pancreas
• bile ducts
• gallbladder
• salivary gland
• urinary bladder
• brain
• colon
• ovary
• liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B
is indicated), and
• lung

Lawmakers expected to pass resolution supporting radiation exposure compensation for Guam   https://www.kuam.com/story/45375191/lawmakers-expected-to-pass-resolution-supporting-radiation-exposure-compensation-for-guamMonday, December 6th 2021, 3:42 PM ChSTBy Nestor Licanto  More support is on the way for the longstanding effort to get compensation for Guam radiation victims of U.S. nuclear testing in the pacific during the 1940s and ’50s.

Senators are expected to pass a resolution discussed during session today that supports a pair of U.S. House and Senate bills to extend radiation exposure compensation to Guam. Main sponsor Speaker Therese Terlaje cites the testimony of a Navy man who was on duty here when the first thermonuclear detonation occurred on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands. 

“Retired US Navy Lt. Charles Burt Schreiber, who was stationed on Guam and on duty during the detonation of Ivy Mike in November 1952 recalled in sworn testimony witnessing the Geiger counter measuring off-scale levels of ionizing radiation on the island of Guam,” she said.  “Lt. Schreiber even stated, quote, ‘I panicked, my first thought was that Guam had been subjected to some radioactive dust attack.'”

The resolution goes on to state that Guam is located about 1,200 miles directly west of the nuclear test sites and received radioactive fallout from these tests.

“Radioactive dust particles traveled through westward-flowing jet streams from the Marshall Islands,” Terlaje said. “In addition, ships present in the Marshall Islands during nuclear testing were decontaminated in Guam’s harbors with acidic detergents and the runoff from the operations went directly into the local fishing and reef environment.” 

A mark-up hearing on the House Bill is set for Dec. 8. The longstanding effort to win compensation has been led by the Pacific Association of Radiation Survivors, founded by group President Robert Celestial.

The new bills provide those persons present in Guam for at least one year from 1946 to 1962 and were diagnosed with cancer are eligible for $150,000 compensation and medical benefits under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. The cancer diagnoses eligible under RECA include:

leukemia (excluding chronic lymphocytic
leukemia)
• multiple myeloma
• lymphoma (other than Hodgkin’s disease),
and primary cancers of the:
• thyroid
• male or female breast
• esophagus
• stomach
• pharynx
• small intestine
• pancreas
• bile ducts
• gallbladder
• salivary gland
• urinary bladder
• brain
• colon
• ovary
• liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B
is indicated), and
• lung

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Steel Pipes to be Driven into Thawed Parts of Frozen Earth Wall at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

December 6, 2021On December 6, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) began to drive steel pipes into the ground to stop the inflow of underground water into the thawed part of the frozen soil barrier wall (about 1.5 km long) built underground around the No. 1 to No. 4 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power […]

Steel Pipes to be Driven into Thawed Parts of Frozen Earth Wall at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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December 6 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion and Review:  ¶ “All You Need To Know About Electric Campers” • Here is a view of one person’s personal selection of a number of electric campers that are noteworthy, existing, conceptual, or rendered. It is followed by a list of a few obstacles we’re obviously facing with electric campers – together with some […]

December 6 Energy News — geoharvey

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