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How to Support Julian Assange & Wikileaks

This post is intended to provide a list of the practical things can do to try to ensure fair legal treatment for Julian Assange and protect free speech and the Wikileaks project. If you’re organising an event in support of Assange or Wikileaks, or have some other practical resources to share, please leave the details in comments and I will add them to the list.

Direct contact to government

Phone Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office (02) 6277 7700, and Attorney-General Robert McLelland’s office ((02) 6277 7300 and tell them you support free speech, due process and expect them to provide full support to Julian Assange in his upcoming legal battle overseas. [When I called the AG’s office, they suggested also putting it in writing and provided the email address: attorney @ ag.gov.au, so a quick email is suggested as well]

While you’re at it, why not look up your local MP and call them and tell them too?

Financial support to Wikileaks

They are still accepting donations via their website. I’m looking into alternatives too. Or if you prefer to support an organisation which has a clearer legal status, why not join or donate to Electronic Frontiers Australia, which acts to protect online civil liberties (disclosure: I recently joined the EFA Board).

Events in support of Assange/Wikileaks

(I’ve used strikethrough to denote past events)

ADELAIDE

Protest the government betrayal of Wikileaks figurehead Julian Assange

Date: Sunday, December 12, 1pm – 2.30pm

Venue: SA Parliament House

BRISBANE:

Date: Monday, 13 December, 6.30pm

Venue: QUT Gardens Point B Block, Rm 224. Contact: Bec (0401 785 942)

Date: Friday, December 10, 12 noon.

Venue: Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, 295 Anne Street, Brisbane CBD. (Information via Green Left)

Emergency Protest to Defend Wikileaks & Julian Assange

Date: Thursday December 9, 5:30pm

Venue: Brisbane Square, Top of Queen St Mall, Brisbane

HOBART

Protest to support Julian Assange & Wikileaks

Date: Saturday, December 11, 12noon – 1pm

Venue: Parliament Lawns, Salamanca, Hobart

MELBOURNE:

Defend Assange & Wikileaks on Human Rights Day – Friday 10 December, from 4.30pm, State Library.

Julian Assange, Law & Politics: A meeting to discuss Wikileaks’ Julian Assange’s legal and political position

Speakers: Julian Burnside AO QC, Peter Gordon, John Faine and Professor Spencer Zifcak

Date: Thursday 9 December 2010, 5.30pm.

Venue: the Law Institute of Victoria, 470 Bourke St, Melbourne

PERTH

Date: Friday, December 10, 6pm.

Venue: Wesley Church (cnr William & Hay Sts, Perth) (Information via Green Left)

SYDNEY

Australian Public to Rally in Support of Wikileaks

Date: Friday, December 10, 1pm.

Venue: Sydney Town Hall.

Online ways to support Assange/Wikileaks:

Sign the Avaaz petition “Wikileaks: Stop the Crackdown

Sign the GetUp petition “Media on Trial

Sign the open letter to Julia Gillard by Jeff Sparrow Elizabeth O’Shea and at the ABC website (leave your name as a comment).

The Justice for Assange website has support banners you can download and display online.

I also love that someone has suggested nominating Julian Assange for Australian of the Year. You can also vote for Assange as Time’s Person of the Year, but it doesn’t actually influence who the Editor picks.

EDIT 13 December: There’s now a petition to nominate Julian Assange for the Nobel Peace Prize and there’s also a new Brisbane-based website, Help Julian Assange which has an online petition and will soon offer the ability to contact politicians and post letters of support to Julian Assange.

Background Reading

Yesterday the EFA published their statement “Julian Assange and Wikileaks Deserve Protection.” I also interviewed Colin Jacobs, Chair of EFA on RRR last night (available for download as a podcast).

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