Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! hosted “First They Came For Assange…” at ThoughtWorks NYC on Wednesday. One of the many events around the globe signifying the 4 years Julian Assange has been in political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and the ongoing violations of his basic human rights. Speakers will include, Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Chris Hedges; Julian Assange’s US defense lawyer Carey Shenkman; acclaimed civil rights attorney Margaret Ratner; founding editor of The Intercept, Jeremy Scahill; and live from London via videoconference, Julian Assange himself,
It was a Global event that included special productions in 8 European cities (Berlin, Brussels, Belgrade, Naples, Madrid, Paris + Milano Fashion Show / Vivienne Westwood / and Sarajevo / live-stream) as part of “Assange week” that also took place in New York, Quito (Ecuador), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay).
The event also focused on the threats whistleblowers face around the world, and the significance of real investigative journalism and transparency in today’s world of mass surveillance, hidden agendas and covert wars. The ongoing struggle to protect journalists, whistleblowers and others, who courageously expose the truths essential to ensuring strong and durable democratic societies, has become a forefront of the international human rights movement and the global fight for peace and justice.