Free Press = Free Assange

President Biden

In the first 100 days of his presidency, Joe Biden has a chance to mend the divide that has escalated into full hostility between the U.S. government and the foundations of our democracy -- free speech and a free press.

It is time to uphold our democratic ideals and demand that our government respect the rights of free speech, free publication, and full transparency.

Biden’s first step should be to end the Trump administration’s gravest attack on journalism: the prosecution of Julian Assange. Julian still sits in a British prison even after a judge has blocked his extradition to the U.S., all because the U.S. government is attempting to prosecute him for publishing.

In 2010 Julian Assange published truthful information in the public interest: evidence of U.S. war crimes, uncounted civilian casualties, and rampant corruption. For this he faces up to 175 years in prison. A conviction of Assange, an Australian citizen, would put all other journalists at risk too, setting a precedent allowing the government to decide what gets published around the world.

The Biden administration can end this injustice today, by dropping the charges and letting Assange walk free today.

The persecution of Julian Assange is an attack on journalists’ right to do their jobs, the public’s right to know what is done in their name, and the ability to hold our government to account.

Let's come together and tell President Biden-- it's time to free Julian Assange!

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To: President Biden
From: [Your Name]

It is time to free Julian Assange.

You have the chance to restore the rights to free speech, publication, and the incredibly important practice of government transparency to our government. Julian, whatever you may think about him personally, is a journalist and publisher. No different from the New York Times and Washington Post. His indictment and prosecution is a dangerous precedent for the world and for our own news outlets at home.

You can stop the prosecution of this important journalist at any time. Freeing Julian Assange and letting him return to his family sends a strong message to the entire world that the U.S. is truly dedicated to the principles upon which it was founded. We all look forward to seeing the day very soon when your Department of Justice drops all of the charges against Julian.