November 15, 2020 – 5:19 am


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With the US pursuing after journalist Julian Assange like a wolf pack, it is beginning to look hypocritical when the West want to talk about press freedom. By RT.

BBC News correspondent Orla Guerin got more than she bargained for when her questioning of President Aliyev of Azerbaijan about the supposed lack of media freedom in his country ended up with him grilling her on Julian Assange’s imprisonment.

Guerin’s interview with Aliyev on November 9 took an unexpected turn when the journalist alleged that the Azerbaijani people lacked access to non-state-sanctioned media and could not enjoy their human rights to the fullest, as evidence, she cited “many independent sources,” but did not name them.

The remark drew an angry rebuke from the president, who said the UK had “no moral right” to “lecture” other nations on the issue of freedom and human rights, particularly in light of the treatment of Julian Assange, who has suffered at the hands of British justice.

‘You have no moral right to talk about free media when you do these things’: President Ilham #Aliyev reminds #BBC about ‘morally & physically killing’ of Julian #Assange for journalistic activity when asked about free media in #Azerbaijan
- RT (@RT_com) November 9, 2020

“Let’s talk about Assange. How many years [had] he spent in the Ecuadorian Embassy? And for what? And where is he now? For journalistic activity, you kept this person hostage, actually killing him morally and physically. You did it, not us,” Aliyev said.

Assange spent seven years in the embassy in London until the asylum he was granted by Ecuador in 2012 was withdrawn. He was then arrested and transferred to the British capital’s Belmarsh maximum-security prison pending his US extradition trial.

The Wikileaks founder stands accused by the US of various computer crimes, including of aiding former US Army soldier turned whistleblower Chelsea Manning in her leaking of classified military documents in 2010.

Assange had previously also faced sexual assault charges in Sweden, but those have since been dropped. He viewed them as a pretext on which to politically persecute him and a lever by which to extradite him.

His supporters describe the case against him as a major threat to media freedom, and warn that his physical and mental health has seriously deteriorated since his arrest in 2019.

Aliyev also quizzed Guerin on the Western media’s exceptionally assertive approach to interviews, particularly when it came to other nations’ supposedly non-perfect human-rights records.

“It is not a question - it is [an] accusation. You talk like a prosecutor. Why? If you are so democratic and so objective, then why [do] you keep Assange in prison?” he said, adding that the West needed to “look [in] the mirror” before “coming and lecturing” others. -

Note: The above article was posted at and at Information Clearing House.

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  2. Over 95% of the world’s press is owned by six companies allegedly, but these six are ALL holding companies for Blackrock or Vanguard - Rockefeller Foundation companies, who own all the big pharma companies, oil companies, pepsi, coke, Apple, Microsoft, every major brand in the world. Press freedom? Covid19 hoax has proven that blackrock/vanguard have turned newspeak into an Art. Burn your masks unless you want your own little gaschamber corroding your lungs, brain and kidneys! Why risk it? Why risk your kids lives? turn off your TV, throw out the newspapers, ditch the internet fake newsmongers, covid19 is a scamdemic, just like bird flu, swine flu, mad cow disease, governments rule by fear, fake terrorists, fake virii, fake serial killers and fake news! use your brain, not other people’s.

    By J.barlow on Nov 22, 2020

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