Committee to protect journalists excludes Assange from annual list of jailed journalists

The decision by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) not to include Julian Assange in their annual list of jailed journalists undermines their credibility and could hurt Assange. As is explained in the article below most people involved in reporting the news recognize Julian Assange, the former editor-in-chief and publisher of Wikileaks is a journalist. Indeed, he has broken some of the most important stories of the 21st Century relating to war crimes by the US government, the control of the US State Department by corporate interests as well as the actions of many governments around the world.

Not only is Assange a journalist, he is the most important journalist of the 21st Century. Not only has he published important news stories, he democratized journalism by giving power to people who work in government or corporations the ability to get their stories told anonymously. Perhaps, it is because the democratization of journalism weakens the corporate media, the CPJ does not want to recognize the important journalism of Julian Assange as it undermines their constituency who are traditional journalist.

Popular Resistance urges you to contact the CPJ to complain about this decision and urge them to correct it. The prosecution of Julian Assange is the most important prosecution of a journalist this century. It will define Freedom of the Press and our right to know for the 21st Century. You can call them at (212) 465-1004, write them at info@cpj.org or use this form to contact them. They need to hear from you so take action today. Contact information for their staff is here, and their board is here. KZ

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