Julian Assange: Australian government urged to intervene

Filmmaker James Ricketson, who was jailed in Cambodia on spying charges, says Assange is being used as ‘an example’ in attack on media.

The Australian film-maker who spent 15-months in a Cambodian jail on spying charges says he fears Julian Assange is being used as an “example” to other journalists as part of what he described as “a fundamental attack on the fourth estate”.

James Ricketson spent more than a year inside the overcrowded Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on spying charges before his release last Septemberafter a public outcry and lobbying by the Australian government.

On Friday he told Guardian Australia he hoped the Morrison government would make “a forthright public statement” in support of Assange and the principle of press freedom.

In full: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/25/julian-assange-australian-government-urged-to-intervene

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