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“The Trial of Julian Assange and Its Implications for Press Freedom”

January 17, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Nils Melzer is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow, and holds the Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Ray McGovern is a former, longtime CIA Russia analyst, presidential daily briefer, and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)   Please Note: Ray warned us that he appears rather disheveled; he has let his hair grow in solidarity with Julian Assange.

If you are not aware that Mr. Assange’s extradition trial took place at the Old Bailey this fall, you’re not alone. The more than 30 witnesses for the defense included Daniel Ellsberg and Noam Chomsky; the prosecutors declared standard journalistic practices to be crimes; and the judge cut the feed to all monitoring NGOs on the first day. Mr. Melzer and Mr. McGovern will explain why we are so unaware, what we are unaware of, and the implications of this historic trial for press freedom and justice.

Forum Host:  Ann Batiza

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First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Sunday Forum is a lecture series that showcases provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education, and more. The Sunday Forum is held online via Zoom and YouTube Live at 11:00 a.m. during the regular church year. Speakers give a 30-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience.


January 17, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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