Global Freedom Movement

27 September 2012

The prosecution of WikiLeaks and the potential extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S. would seriously harm freedom of information and give repressive countries justification to censor, says Reporters Without Borders

The potential extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S. would seriously harm freedom of information, says RSF.
The potential extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S. would seriously harm freedom of information, says RSF.

Chris Helgren / REUTERS

By Lucie Morillon and Christophe Deloire

Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange are polarising issues even within communities that are ardent supporters of free expression.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) believes that the information provided by WikiLeaks has alerted international public opinion to the U.S. government’s extremely serious breaches of human rights and democracy in the name of the „war on terror“.

For instance, it was WikiLeaks that provided television images in April 2010 showing a U.S. army helicopter firing on a group of people in Baghdad in July 2007. These were not armed men but…

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