Press freedom and freedom of speech in under attack in the United States and throughout the world. Just last year, nearly 100 journalists were killed while on the job or because of the subject of their reporting. We cannot allow our local press organizations to publicly promote themselves as defenders of the first amendment all while not issuing statements in support of the most persecuted journalist in the world, Julian Assange.

Press freedom and freedom of speech is in under attack in the United States and throughout the world. Just last year, nearly 100 journalists were killed while on the job or because of the subject of their reporting. We cannot allow our local press organizations to publicly promote themselves as defenders of the first amendment all while not issuing statements in support of the most persecuted journalist in the world, Julian Assange.

Please join the initiative to write your local press organizations and clubs asking them to issue a formal statement in support of Julian Assange and in condemnation of the United States government’s decision to charge him with espionage and conspiracy. 

TIPS/SUGGESTIONS:

  • Prior to writing your letter, study the organization’s website. Read their goals, vision and mission statement.
  • At the introduction of the letter address the points of similarity you share with your local press organization. (For example– promoting excellence in journalism, building a fellowship among journalists, etc.)
  • Use their own statements on their website to cite why they should issue a statement in support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
  • Example: On the Press Club of Cleveland’s website, it reads “The Press Club’s vision is that Northeast Ohio always supports… professionals, products and platforms that defend and further the public’s right to have access to information.” Then explain to them that because they are an organization thatsupports professionals who defend and further the public’s right to know, they should issue a statement to support Julian Assange.
  • Provide thoughtful evidence to support your claims.
  • Make it short and get to the point. Avoid exceeding one full page.
  • Remember, you are trying to politely convince an organization to act in a certain way.
  • Explain to them why it is in their best interest to do what you are requesting them to do.
  • Do not assume they will not accept your request.
  • Conclude the letter by acknowledging that you look forward to hearing a response.
  • For questions contact taylorhudak@protonmail.com.

SAMPLE LETTER

Write to your political representative

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You can write to your member of parliament, Congressman or Senator or Prime Minister asking them to condemn Julian Assange’s arrest and oppose the attempt by the US government to extradite him from the United Kingdom.

  • If you’re in the UK, your role in helping Julian Assange is crucial. Write to your MP to let them know that you oppose onward extradition and that Assange’s legal rights must be protected
  • If you’re in the US, please send a version of this open letter to your political representative calling on President Trump to halt the investigation into WikiLeaks and attempted extradition of Julian Assange.

After you have written to a political representative, consider writing a letter to Julian.

Write to Julian Assange

Write to Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison.
First write to your MP, or other leader or politician or human rights or activist organization and then Write Julian a short person note and let him know what actions you’ve taken. Tweet with #WriteJulian or #LettersToJulian

For more information visit https://writejulian.com

How to write to Julian Assange in Belmarsh