Tag 1
Der Fall Julian Assange: um was es jetzt geht
Saal 1
Holger Stark
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Ethics, Politics & Society
Ein Vortrag über die aktuelle rechtliche Lage, die politischen Hintergründe und die fehlende Solidarität vieler Medien
In diesem Talk wird Holger Stark einen Überblick geben, was juristisch der Stand der Dinge im Fall Assange ist und warum dieser Fall einem Vernichtungsfeldzug gleicht. Er wird anhand bislang unbekannter Aufnahmen einen Blick hinter die Kulissen der US-Regierung werfen – und erklären, warum sich viele Medien mit Solidarität so schwer tun.

In this talk, Stark will give an overview of the legal and political state of play in the Assange case. He will outline both possible consequences of what could happen if we fail to win Assange's freedom but also the political motive behind his prosecution. Stark also will describe from an insider’s perspective the tense relationship between traditional media and Wikileaks, in particular the person of Julian Assange.

Holger Stark initiated an open letter from Wikileaks partner media at the end of November 2022. In it, the New York Times, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El País call on the US government to stop prosecuting Assange. The indictment by the USA represents a dangerous precedent for freedom of expression and freedom of the press, write the editors-in-chief and publishers: "Journalism" is "not a crime".

Stark covered the Wikileaks publications for Der Spiegel in 2010. On one hand, the media partners did business with Wikileaks, on the other hand, they claimed that Assange’s faith was none of their business. Stark says he „had the impression that something simply had to happen."