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NUJ condemns the extradition of Julian Assange

THE National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the British government for its treatment of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Mr Assange completes his sentence for skipping bail on Sunday. But he will remain in the high security Belmarsh prison until his final extradition hearing in February despite fears over his health.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet told the Morning Star: “The NUJ is firmly opposed to the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.”

She said: “We condemned the British government’s decision to sign off the extradition request in June because it is a direct attack on the freedom of the press and journalists’ ability to work with sources to reveal information in the public interest.”

The UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer, who visisted Mr Assange in prison and found evidence of psychological torture on him, told the Star he is “appalled” at how the government is treating the journalist.

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