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What is a war of aggression? What is a war crime? What are crimes against humanity? How is the public to know when they occur and by whom they are perpetrated? What and who censors the press and for what reasons? With the war in Ukraine raging and the ashes in Iraq still smoldering, these questions need to be clearly defined before they can be answered completely and truthfully.

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Please join legal scholar Marjorie Cohn and moderator Jim Lafferty from the National Lawyers Guild for a roundtable discussion on these issues and more that was recroded April 27th.

Our roundtable included award-winning journalist Chris Hedges, CodePink cofounder Medea Benjamin, author and historian Vijay Prashad, and international human rights lawyer Renata Avila.


The panelists discussed a citizen’s right and need to know what our governments say and do in our names, the necessity of a free and unhindered press to provide that knowledge to the public, and the existential threat to journalism we now face due to the actions by governments around the globe, including our own.

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Organized by Assange Defense-Los Angeles and and Sponsored by LA Progressive, CodePink, the National Lawyers Guild, ACLU Pasadena/Foothill Chapter, and American Constitution Society-San Diego chapter.

This event is part of an ongoing nationwide effort to free Julian Assange from bogus charges and protect First Amendment rights for journalists. The dozen or more local Assange Defense chapters around the country are bringing pressure on both the British judicial system and the U.S.’s Department of Justice, Congress, and White House through protests, phone banking, letter writing, personal lobbying efforts, and awareness-building efforts such as this action-oriented webinar.

We urge you to call Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Biden Administration to drop extradition and dismiss the indictment. See the Assange Defense Take Action page for more suggested actions. 

Contact us with your thoughts and offers to participate.