WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been given an award established in honour of an assassinated journalist.
Assange, jailed final week after being forcibly faraway from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, was awarded the 2019 GUE/NGL Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers & Defenders of the Proper to Info.
It’s sponsored by European parliamentarians after being established in 2018 in honour of assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Galizia.
The award is given to people “uncovering the reality and exposing it to the general public” and to honour “people or teams who’ve been intimidated and/or persecuted for uncovering the reality and exposing it to the general public”.
Nobel Peace prize winner Mairead Maguire collected the award on the Australian’s behalf at an occasion within the European parliament in Strasbourg.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor, stated: “By WikiLeaks Julian Assange’s imaginative and prescient of transparency has revolutionalised journalism.
“His imprisonment and threatened extradition to america has drawn a pointy line within the sand. You might be both encouraging the crackdown on media freedom or you might be standing with Julian Assange.”
Final 12 months the Galizia prize was collectively awarded to murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and LuxLeaks whistleblower Raphael Halet.
Assange had lived contained in the embassy for nearly seven years earlier than his diplomatic asylum was revoked.