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Freedom of the Press, Julian Assange, & Imprisonment in the Time of Covid-19
The Trump Administration has declared war on the truth, on freedom of the press, and especially on fearless investigative journalists like jailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who faces 175 years in an American prison for exposing the multitude of war crimes committed by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, as tens of thousands of American prisoners face an increased risk of contracting Covid-19, so does Assange, now locked away in a jail in London as he fights against extradition to the United States.

This webinar explores why Assange is seen as such a threat, how the fact of his prosecution threatens investigative journalists everywhere, and the role that racism plays in the demographics of our prison population and why, as with Assange, they face an increased risk of contracting the Coronavirus and should now be freed from their toxic confinements.

Speakers:

-Moderator: Jim Lafferty, Executive Director Emeritus, National Lawyers Guild, L.A.; and host of The Lawyers Guild Show on KPFK.

-Prof. Melina Abdullah: Professor, Dept. of Pan-African Studies, Cal. State Los Angeles.; Co-founder of Black Lives Matter/LA

-Sharon Kyle: National Board member, American Civil Liberties Union; Publisher of the LA Progressive.

-Prof. Marjorie Cohn: professor emerita, Thos. Jefferson School of Law; human rights lawyer and editor/author of Drones & Targeted Killing

-Stephen Rohde: Civil liberties activist, writer, and former President of the ACLU of Southern California.

-Vincent De Stefano: Human rights activist; recipient of Amnesty International's 2019 Urgent Letter Writer of the Year Award.

-Robert Corsini: Writer, producer and documentary filmmaker; owner of Videocratic Media.

-Nathan Fuller: Director, The Courage Foundation; Executive Director of the Committee to Defend Julian Assange and Civil Liberties

Also: Video appearances by Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg

May 17, 2020 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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