Latest news

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: The Case of Julian Assange & Write to Julian Assange

November 28, 2022 IN WIP
Share this

In June this year UK Home Secretary Priti Patel signed an order to extradite Julian Assange to the US. There, the co-founder of WikiLeaks would face 18 criminal charges, including espionage, with a combined prison sentence of 175 years.

Julian Assange’s father John Shipton has strenuously and creatively pursued freedom for Julian, refocusing his case in the public eye. Stella Assange met Julian Assange in London in 2011 when she joined his international legal team. They have two children together, and married in March 2022 in Belmarsh high-security prison in south-east London. Barrister and renowned international human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson has represented Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for almost a decade and is intimately familiar with the case.

At this event held on the Day of the Imprisoned Writer and presented in partnership with PEN Melbourne, Shipton, Stella Assange and Robinson explore the ongoing case of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, and its wider implications for freedom of speech, with award-winning journalist Rachael Brown, who covered Julian Assange’s extradition hearing as an ABC Europe correspondent.

Presented in partnership with PEN Melbourne.


Other Action Examples:
Support the Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign
Wear your support for Assange
Donate to WikiLeaks
Upload your photo to WeAreMillions #FreeAssange
Create art for Artists for Assange and WLArtForce
Become a patron of the Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign
US: donate to
Get involved with a local grassroots campaign or create your own
Sign up to volunteer for the Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign

@DEACampaign Twitter, DEACampaign FB, @TheDEACampaign IG
@StellaMoris1 Twitter, Stella Moris FB, @StellaMoris7 IG
@WikiLeaks Twitter, WikiLeaks FB, @WikiLeaks IG
@WLArtForce Twitter, WLArtForce FB, @WLArtForce IG
@WikiLeaksShop Twitter, WikiLeaksShop FB, @WikiLeaksShop IG
@DefendAssange Twitter, DefendAssange FB, @AssangeOfficial IG
@ArtAssange Twitter, ArtAssange FB, @ArtAssange IG
@AssangeDefense Twitter, AssangeDefense FB, @AssangeOfficial IG
@CourageFound Twitter, CourageFoundOrg FB, @Courage_Foundation IG

Subscribe for news & updates from PEN Melbourne.

People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International