The Onion has filed a brief in defense of parody in the Supreme Court. "Americans can be put in jail for poking fun at the government? This was a surprise to America's Finest News Source and an uncomfortable learning experience for its editorial team," the brief opens.
When WikiLeaks first released its hoard of documents, extracts were published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El País. None of these has campaigned for Assange’s freedom, though if he did anything wrong, so did they.
In a country where journalists are regularly arrested and detained for little or no reason, publicly signing a letter opposing the government’s action is a brave thing to do, especially for those who have already been detained for their journalism.
Without facts, you can't have truth. Without truth, you can't have trust. Without trust, we have no shared reality, no democracy, and it becomes impossible to deal with the existential problems of our times.
The U.S. government has never prosecuted a journalist or newspaper for publishing classified information, which constitutes an essential tool of journalism. WikiLeaks published evidence of war crimes that the U.S. military had committed...
Julian Assange’s extradition to the US has been blocked, but he still faces the injustice of years in prison in the UK. While world leaders remain quiet, AMLO stands alone in speaking for freedom of speech — and has offered Assange asylum in Mexico.