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Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals revived on the theatre stage

Geoffrey Robertson AO QC is a barrister, author and one-time host of Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals on the ABC. He is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers; now the largest human rights practice in Europe; where he has been mentor to Amal Clooney, Jen Robinson, Keir Starmer and others. Robertson’s hugely popular TV series is set […]

‘Cancel culture’ debates distract us from real freedom of speech issues, says Greens Senator Faruqi 

By WENDY BACON Freedom of speech but for whom? This was the key question asked by Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi in her Sydney PEN’s annual lecture held at  the Sydney Writers’ Festival this week.  Sydney PEN Centre is part of PEN International that defends freedom of expression by campaigning on behalf of writers who have […]

Julian Assange Documentary, Ithaka

This documentary ultimately asks, is Australian editor, publisher and activist Julian Assange a hero or villain? And is the ideology that ‘the truth will set you free’ merely that – an ideology that will never see fruition? Assange founded WikiLeaks (a whistle blower website) in 2006 and the world took notice when in 2010 he […]

Assange extradition ruling a double edged sword

By ALLISON HORE On Monday a UK judge ruled that Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, cannot be extradited to the United States after accepting medical evidence he would be at risk in US custody.  Assange has been in prison in the UK since 2019 after hiding out in the Ecuadorian Embassy for seven years to avoid […]

Sydney activists “commiserate” one year of gathering for Assange

By ALLISON HORE For one year, supporters of Julian Assange have gathered on the steps of Sydney’s Town Hall every Friday night. On the 53rd week of their demonstration, they were joined by a special guest- John Shipton, Julian Assange's father. Although it was the anniversary of their gathering, organisers say the occasion was “not […]

Hungry for justice

By ALLISON HORE On Tuesday, Sydney local Matthew Drake-Brockman began a hunger strike outside the office of Tanya Plibersek over her silence on the plight of Julian Assange. Unfortunately, the strike came to an early conclusion when he was moved on by police later that same afternoon. Mr. Drake-Brockman, who ran as an independent for […]

The Assange Dossier – Everything you wanted to know about Australia’s most infamous son

by ALEC SMART Who exactly is Julian Assange? Is he a journalist - or an opportunist? A hero – or a traitor? And what about those rape charges? As Assange, now in prison in Britain, faces extradition to the US to face espionage charges, here are some answers. Who is Julian Assange? Assange is an […]

Assange’s legal access limited

By TARA WESSON WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court, London, on Mon 13 Jan where the Court heard that the the Australian journalist's defence team has had a lack of access to their client. This impacts on Assange’s right to a fair trial, ahead of his extradition hearing to USA in Feb […]

Assange – Sweden drops rape allegations

BY ALEC SMART Swedish authorities announced on Nov 20 they will discontinue their investigations into a rape allegation levelled at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which dates back to 2010, the third time they’ve been dropped. Sweden’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson declared: “After conducting a comprehensive assessment of what has emerged during the course of […]

Hopes fade for Assange

By Alec Smart Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who returned to Court in London on Monday this week, is losing ground in his struggle to avoid extradition to the United States from Britain, where he is currently in detention. If Assange is extradited to the USA after his February 2020 British court hearing, he faces multiple […]