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UK: Media Freedom conference met with 'Free Assange' protest in London

United Kingdom, London
July 10, 2019 at 15:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Supporters of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange protested outside the 'Global Conference for Media Freedom' in London on Wednesday.

An activist criticised the conference saying: "The idea being that this is actually about defending media freedom is nonsense. This is a group of the rich and powerful basically agreeing that anyone who tells anyone what they're up to should be imprisoned."

Protesters could be seen holding signs reading: "Media Freedom, What About Assange?"

The WikiLeaks co-founder is currently serving a 50-week sentence for breaching bail conditions, will face a five-day US extradition hearing next February. He was indicted on 18 counts including charges under the Espionage Act.

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Supporters of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange protested outside the 'Global Conference for Media Freedom' in London on Wednesday.

An activist criticised the conference saying: "The idea being that this is actually about defending media freedom is nonsense. This is a group of the rich and powerful basically agreeing that anyone who tells anyone what they're up to should be imprisoned."

Protesters could be seen holding signs reading: "Media Freedom, What About Assange?"

The WikiLeaks co-founder is currently serving a 50-week sentence for breaching bail conditions, will face a five-day US extradition hearing next February. He was indicted on 18 counts including charges under the Espionage Act.

M/S Banner reading: "Free Assange No US Extradition", London

M/S Banner reading: "Media Freedom What about for Julian Assange?"

M/S Protester wearing US flag

SOT, Protester: "Behind me there is something meant to be laughably called 'defend media freedom'."

M/S Protester holding a sign saying "Free Assange" with his face covered by the American flag

SOT, Protester: "The idea being that this is actually about defending media freedom is nonsense. This is a group of the rich and powerful basically agreeing that anyone who tells anyone what they're [The rich and powerful] up to should be imprisoned."

C/U Protester holding sign

SOT, Protester: "They're completely against any kind of freedom for anyone who dares to print things that are inconvenient for the rich and powerful, particularly things that are true."

M/S Sign saying "Hunt: Liar, Clooney: Traitor"

SOT, Protester: "There are two people standing for the leadership of the Conservative party in the hope to be prime minister and one of them has made it very clear that he is going to suck up to Donald Trump and become Donald Trump's poodle in the same way that Tony Blair was George Bush's poodle."

M/S Banner reading "Free Assange"

C/U Protester with American flag around their face

M/S Two protesters holding a sign

C/U Sign reading "Hands off Assange"

W/S Conference attendees arriving

W/S Attendee standing next to media freedom conference sign

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