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IRISH MEDIA MUST SUPPORT JULIAN ASSANGE: UNPUBLISHED LETTER SENT TO IRISH TIMES

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT PRESS RELEASE 24 DECEMBER 2021

IRISH MEDIA MUST SUPPORT JULIAN ASSANGE: UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO IRISH TIMES, 19 DECEMBER 2021

Dear Sir,

it is to be welcomed that a prominent Irish Times commentator covers the media trial of the century, that of Julian Assange (Assange being persecuted to scare off future enquiries, 14 December), albeit a commentary prefaced by distracting and irrelevant allegations on his alleged attitude to women, his alleged service to Putin’s assault on democracy and the impact of his revelations on the 2016 US election that saw Trump triumph over Clinton - that difficult dilemma that Americans faced of electing the least offensive warmonger.

Julian Assange is not being persecuted for any of these reasons as Fintan O’Toole rightly observes. And he is being ‘persecuted’, as his fiancé Stella Morris reminded us after the judges’ atrocious decision. He has spent ten years incarcerated in one form or another, almost three of those in solitary confinement, and about to spend his third Christmas away from his family, in the notorious Belmarsh Prison. He recently suffered a mini stroke. He has been denied proper access to visitors and his legal team, who have been spied on by the CIA. Recent credible investigative reportage reveals that the CIA were also plotting to kidnap or assassinate him. All of this amounts to psychological torture as documented by Prof. Nils Melzer, the UN Rapporteur on Torture and is enough to have the case thrown out.

All of these facts are well documented, yet are met with an indifferent whimper by the mainstream media who appear to be in denial about the serious implications of this case for press freedom. The logs that Wikileaks revealed document, as O’Toole notes “terrible things done to real human beings”. Let us be clear then that Assange is being persecuted for essentially exposing war crimes, governmental deceit, military cover-ups and ultimately the true wholescale horror of the disastrous, futile wars led by the US and British Governments, facts that powerful political leaders do not want the public to know.

Dangled from the ramparts by the warmongering political leaders of America and Britain, Assange’s persecution is being used to silence other whistle-blowers, journalists, editors and publishers. It is the duty of all working in the media to join the growing international campaign to get the charges against him dropped and have him released from prison.

Yours etc.

JIM ROCHE,
PRO Irish Anti-War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Dublin 1.

Tel. 087 6472737

Vigil for Julian Assange at DÁIL EIREANN 5.30PM Today, Wed 27th Ocotober 2021

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE – 27 October 2021

VIGIL FOR JULIAN ASSANGE AT DÁIL EIREANN 5.30PM TODAY, 27 OCTOBER

MINISTER SIMON COVENEY MUST SPEAK UP FOR IMPRISONED JOURNALIST  

The Irish Anti War Movement, along with Free Assange Ireland and several other anti-war and social justice groups will hold a vigil at Dáil Eireann at 5.30pm this evening to call on the US Government to drop its appeal and on the British Government to release him immediately. We are also calling on Minister Simon Coveney to speak up for the journalist.

The vigil is called to coincide with the hearing of the appeal by the US Government against the decision of a British Court not to extradite Julian Assange to the USA which is taking place in London today and tomorrow. Solidarity events are taking place across the world in support of Julian Assange.

Today’s vigil is part of an awareness raising campaign in Ireland that includes an open letter sent to Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney calling on him to lobby the British and United States Governments to release the campaigning Wikileaks editor and journalist.

The letter, now launched as an Uplift campaign, can be viewed and signed here – https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-fo...

The letter to Simon Coveney has been supported so far by many prominent Irish people including: former Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Christy Moore, Sinéad Cusack, Stephen Rea, Eamonn Mc Cann, Dr. Harry Browne, Raymond Deane, Peader King, Trevor Joyce, John F. Deane, Honor Heffernan, Dr. Ronit Lentin, Prof. Ray Kinsella, Denis Halliday, Trevor Hogan and elected politicians Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy, Clare Daly, Mick Wallace, Paul Gavan and Thomas Pringle.

Free Assange Ireland link here - https://www.facebook.com/Free-Assange-Ireland-108045181097849/

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:

"There is much confusion and lack of knowledge about the case of Julian Assange but it is quite simple. He is being punished by the US and British Governments simply because through his journalism he exposed their war crimes. This case is an assault against the right of journalists and editors to do their work and against the right of people to know the truth. It could set a devastating precedent for press freedom everywhere. That is why, in addition to our belief in Julian’s innocence and a concern for his deteriorating health, we are protesting and calling for his immediate release."

 

Contact:

Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456

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Events for Day of Soladarity with Julian Assange

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE – 23 October 2021

EVENTS AROUND IRELAND TO MARK IRISH DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH JULIAN
ASSANGE, TODAY SAT 23rd OCTOBER

The Irish Anti War Movement is joining Free Assange Ireland and many other groups to hold stalls and
vigils today in multiple locations throughout Ireland in solidarity with imprisoned journalist and Wikileaks
publisher Julian Assange.

This includes a rally at the GPO in Dublin at 1pm followed by a public meeting at 1.45pm with MEPs
Clare Daly and Mick Wallace and former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday at the New
Theatre, Connolly Books, East Essex Street.
Free Assange Ireland link here - https://www.facebook.com/Free-Assange-Ireland-108045181097849/
The full list of solidarity events is:

ULSTER
ARMAGH, 74-76 Sraid na nGall, 1-2 pm
BELFAST CITY HALL, 1-2 pm
WEST BELFAST, Erection of Assange Solidarity Banner on site of Old RUC Andersonstown Barracks, 1-
2 pm
DERRY City, Guildhall Square outside famous public hall,1-2.30 pm
DONEGAL TOWN, Town Centre, 1-2.30pm
ENNISKILLEN – The Diamond, 11am-12 noon
MONAGHAN TOWN, Church Square, 1pm–2.30pm
OMAGH, Courthouse, High Street, 1-2.30 pm

CONNACHT
GALWAY CITY, Shop Street / Mainguard Street Junction, 1pm-2.30pm
CASTLEBAR, Market Square, 1pm-2.30pm
SLIGO Town, O’Connell Street / Topergal Lane,

MUNSTER
CORK city, Library Grand Parade, 1-2pm
ENNIS, O’Connell Statue,1-2pm
NENAGH, Co Tipperary
LIMERICK City, Thomas St 1-2.30pm

LEINSTER
ATHLONE, Castle, 12 Noon
CARLOW, Town Centre 1-2pm
DUBLIN, GPO & Larkin Statue, 1.00-2.00pm
DUBLIN MEETING, New Theatre/Connolly Books
Speakers: Clare Daly, Mick Wallace, Denis Halliday and Peadar King 1.45pm
WEXFORD Town Centre 1-2pm

The hearing of the appeal by the US Government against the decision of a British Court not to extradite
Julian Assange to the USA will be held on 27th and 28th October. The solidarity events this Saturday are
part of a global campaign to raise awareness of the plight of Julian Assange and to call for his immediate
release from prison.

The awareness campaign here in Ireland includes a letter sent to Minister Simon Coveney by various
groups, asking him to speak up for the imprisoned journalist and publisher. The letter can be read and
signed here - https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-fo...
Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:
“This is such an important case, not just for Julian Assange himself but for the cause of investigative
journalism and press freedom. Julian is effectively a political prisoner and is being punished by the
United States and Britain simply because he exposed their war crimes and corruption. That is why we
are calling for defenders of human rights everywhere, including within the Irish Government, to speak out
and call for Julian’s release.“

Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456

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Julian Assange Irish Day of Solidarity Sat 23/10/2021 1PM GPO Dublin

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE – 17 October 2021

OPEN LETTER SENT TO MINISTER SIMON COVENEY CALLING ON HIM TO SPEAK UP FOR JULIAN ASSANGE

IRISH DAY OF SOLIDARITY NEXT SAT 23rd OCTOBER

 

The Irish Anti War Movement, along with several other anti-war and social justice groups in Ireland, has written an open letter to Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney calling on him to lobby by all means necessary, including via Ireland’s current membership of the United Nations Security Council, the British and United States Governments, to release the campaigning Wikileaks editor and journalist, Julian Assange.

The letter, now launched as an Uplift campaign, can be viewed and signed here – https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-fo... The call to Simon Coveney has been supported so far by many prominent Irish people including: Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Christy Moore, Sinéad Cusack, Stephen Rea, Eamonn Mc Cann, Dr. Harry Browne, Raymond Deane, Trevor Joyce, John F. Deane, Honor Heffernan, Dr. Ronit Lentin, Prof. Ray Kinsella, Trevor Hogan and elected politicians Joan Collins, Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy, Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and Thomas Pringle.

The open latter is part of a campaign in Ireland to draw public attention to the fate of the imprisoned journalist and to put pressure on the Irish Government to call for his release.

A series of solidarity events for Julian Assange organised by Free Assange Ireland and supported by the IAWM will be held across the island of Ireland from Dublin to Galway and from Derry to Kerry this coming Saturday 23rd October. This includes a rally at the GPO in Dublin at 1pm followed by a public meeting at 3pm with MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace and former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday at the New Theatre, Connolly Books, East Essex Street in Dublin.

In West Belfast Sein Fein MP Paul Maskey will unveil a banner in soilidarity with Julian Assange. Free Assange Ireland link here - https://www.facebook.com/Free-Assange-Ireland-108045181097849/ The hearing of the appeal by the US Government against the decision of a British Court not to extradite him to the USA will be held on 27th and 28th October.

Jim Roche, PRO of the IWM said:

"This is clearly a politically motivated case simply because Julian Assange exposed US military and other war crimes, human rights abuses and corruption in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He spoke truth to power and has been vindicated. His continued incarceration and threatened extradition to the US is a threat not only to him but to all journalists, editors and publishers, to the cause of investigative journalism, to press freedom and to freedom of speech generally. That is why the IAWM along with others are calling on Minister Simon Coveney to speak up for Julian Assange and to use his influence to call for his immediate release."

 

Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456

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IRISH GOVERNMENT MUST ATONE FOR ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THIS FUTILE WAR AND OCCUPATION; IAWM PR ON AFGHANISTAN

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM)

PRESS RELEASE – 17 August 2021

• IRISH GOVERNMENT MUST ATONE FOR ITS INVOLVEMENT IN THIS FUTILE WAR AND OCCUPATION

• IRISH GOVERNMENT MUST CLOSE THE SHANNON WARPORT EXCEPT FOR REFUGEES AND HUMANITARIAN AID

• TWENTY YEARS OF US-LED WAR AN ABSOLUTE CATASTROPHE FOR AFGHANISTAN

• SOLIDARITY WITH ALL AFGHANS AT THIS TIME ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND YOUNG GIRLS

The Irish Anti War Movement is appalled at the scenes unfolding in Kabul as desperate and frightened Afghans cling to the side of aeroplanes while taking off. This is surely the most iconic horrific image of the legacy of a failed, futile 20-year war that should never have happened and a terrible rebuttal to the failed foreign policies and imperial hubris of the US, Britain and the NATO countries.

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