Speakers will include renowned journalist and host of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman; 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 Scahil; and Julian Assange himself, live from London via videoconference.
There will also be important video messages (exclusive to this event) from Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore and other leading friends and supporters of Julian Assange. This is a Global event that includes 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 will also take place in New York, Quito (Ecuador), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay).
This event will also focus on threats whistleblowers face around the world, and the importance of investigative journalism and transparency in today’s world of mass surveillance, hidden agendas and covert wars. The struggle to protect journalists, whistleblowers and others, who with courage and determination 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.
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard honored Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award....