Julian Assange does not want to go to the US – level 2

23-02-2024 15:00

The High Court in London is hearing an appeal by Julian Assange against his extradition to the US on espionage charges.

Assange’s supporters say that the US wants him because he revealed secret US documents. His lawyers want to appeal against the extradition order by the British Home Secretary in 2022. Some people worry that if Assange ends up in the US, he may spend the rest of his life in prison. Assange’s lawyers believe that there is a lot of politics in his case, and they believe that it can hurt journalists and press freedom.

If the appeal fails, Assange will have one last chance, to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

Difficult words: extradition (when a country officially sends a person to another country to face a trial), appeal (to apply to a higher court to review a case), press freedom (when the government doesn’t control what journalists say or write).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What concerns have been raised about Julian Assange's case and how could it potentially impact press freedom?


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