The Bridges Project works to educate the public and key stakeholders about threats to media freedom across the entire sphere of modern digital reporting.
We follow up, document and provide information about cases that target the channels between sources, journalists, editors, publishers and the public. We give special focus to the most important and often most complex cases.
We believe that media channels should stay independent and accessible to all.
There is an increasing crackdown against those in the channels above who bring information into the public domain. Cases often reflect a lack of due legal process, subtle politicization and inherent injustice.
The freedom of the entire pipeline of evidence-based reporting is increasingly under threat. This threat applies not just to old-world media channels, but also to citizen journalists, bloggers reporting news and social media journalists.
There are a number of organisations that advocate on the part of journalists – we applaud their work.
This project seeks to broaden that good work by documenting a ‘full picture’ view of the information flow from source all the way to the public. The freedom to publish is just as important in this chain as journalistic freedom to write or report. Increasingly anti-terrorism laws are being used as an excuse to clamp down on this information flow.
We provide this information about these cases, displaying how the law, politics and technology are being used to create a chilling effect on the public’s right to know. Through education about this, we aim to ensure a future with a free press and freedom to speak out.
Through the use of specific study of some of the most complex and important cases, we work to educate and provide information to the public, NGOs and civil society, and governments. Such cases often involve intricacies that can be hard for the average time-poor journalist or analyst to unravel without a full understanding of the relevant laws, how politics interacts with the reporting of news, the adoption of new technologies, and how reporting in the modern age is conducted. We aim to bridge this gap in understanding of – and across – these domains.
Read about our work here:
- Ahead of Julian Assange’s US Extradition Hearing, Doctors’ Letter Published in The Lancet. A letter by a group of doctors representing 117 physicians and psychologists from 18 nations calls for an end to the psychological torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange.
- Germany: Former Federal Ministers demand the release of Julian Assange. More than 130 prominent figures in politics, culture and the media in Germany are demanding the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from British custody.
- Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly calls for Assange’s “prompt release.” Amendment to report on Threats to Media Freedom and Journalists’ Security in Europe prepared by Labour peer Lord Foulkes adopted unanimously.
- Assange extradition: Both sides ask for more time to deal with “great volume of evidence.” Extradition hearing will be bifurcated with a first week of hearings to start on 24 February 2020 and a further three weeks to follow from 18 May.
- 25 Parliamentarians to monitor Julian Assange extradition hearing in February. Full extradition hearing to start on 24 February 2020, spanning “three or four weeks.” Elected representatives from Germany, Italy and the European Parliament will travel to London as official observers.
- Assange: Doctors issue open letter to UK Home Secretary. More than 60 eminent medical doctors have issued an open letter calling for urgent action to protect the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
- Julian Assange tells court he cannot prepare his defence. Julian Assange attended this morning’s hearing in person, in only his third public appearance since being forcibly expelled from Ecuador’s London embassy
- Australia and world media threatened again: Jeremy Hammond called against his will to appear before US Assange Grand Jury to attack media freedom
- PACE: Threats to Media Freedom and Journalists’ Security in Europe 28 January 2019
- Doctors4Assange: Open Letter to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott 25 November 2019
- Birnberg Peirce: Case Management Hearing Westminster Magistrates’ Court 21 October 2019
- More than 100 prominent Germans appeal for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s release from prison, 6 February 2020 in the Evening Standard
- Lauri Love: I was suicidal when facing extradition, 4 February 2020, BBC News
- Assange, sì, all’emendamento Marilotti, 31 January 2020, La Nuova Sardegna
- Assange, Marilotti (M5S): Trattamento Indegno Di Democrazie Occidentali. Rilascio Immediato, 30 January 2020, media release from Movimento 5 Stelle
- La Asamblea Parlamentaria del Consejo de Europa solicita la “liberación inmediata” de Assange, 29 January 2020, Cadena SER
- Europarat fordert “sofortige Freilassung” von Julian Assange, 29 January 2020, Der Standard
- Mitglieder des Europarates rufen zu Hilfe für Julian Assange auf, 29 January 2020, Heise Online
- Europarat fordert die „sofortige Freilassung“ von Julian Assange, 29 January 2020, media release from the Office of Andrej Hunko MdB
- Human rights report to oppose extradition of Julian Assange to US, 28 January 2020, the Guardian
- Vater von Julian Assange: Gebe nicht auf, bis Sohn frei ist, 27 January 2020, Der Standard
- Le crime d’Assange? Dénoncer les atrocités des autres, 27 January 2020, media release from IFJ, the International Federation of Journalists
- Julian Assange : qui va lancer l’alerte pour le lanceur d’alerte? 27 January 2020, Paris Match
- Kritisk Til Prosessen: Julian Assange’s far om sønnen i fengsel, USAs utleveringskrav og den henlagte voldtektssaken i Sverige, 18 December 2019, Klassekampen
- Julian Assanges Vater: Geistige Stärke hält Sohn am Leben, 29 November 2019, Süddeutsche Zeitung
- Doctors fear Julian Assange ‘could die’ in UK jail, 25 November 2019, RTÉ
- Ärzte sorgen sich um Gesundheit von WikiLeaks-Gründer Assange, 25 November 2019 in Der Spiegel
- ‘Julian Assange could die in prison’: Dozens of international doctors warn UK WikiLeaks founder may need urgent medical care, 25 November 2019 in the Evening Standard
- Julian Assange ‘could die in prison without urgent medical care’, doctors warn, 25 November 2019 in the Independent
- Julian Assange’s health is so bad he ‘could die in prison’, say 60 doctors, 25 November 2019 in the Guardian
- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ‘could die’ in British jail: doctors, 25 November 2019 in Deutsche Welle
- Assanges far til VG: – Utlevering vil være en dødsdom, 22 November 2019 in VG.no
- Brussels: Journalism is not a crime, Julian Assange must be released, 14 November 2019, media release from IFJ, the International Federation of Journalists
- Caso Assange, Giulietti: «No all’estradizione verso un Paese in cui vige la pena di morte», 12 November 2019, media release from FNSI, the Italian Journalists’ Union
- ‘Will you come and help?’ Father of Julian Assange on campaign to free his son, 9 November 2019 in the Irish Examiner
- Julian Assange extradition judge refuses request for delay, 21 October 2019 in the Guardian
- ‘I can’t think properly’: Assange fights back tears and struggles to say own name as he appears in court over US extradition, 21 October 2019 in the Independent
- Assange fails to delay extradition hearing as date set for February, 21 October 2019 in the Register
- Kan Assange reddes? Møt varslerens far, John Shipton. John Shipton in discussion with Silje Kampesæter at Norwegian PEN on 22 November 2019
- “Australia should intervene for Assange.” Bob Carr at European Parliament event on 14 November 2019 (full event video here).
- Il segreto delle carte e la trasparenza del Web: un equilibrio impossibile? Giovedì 7 novembre, nella Sala Atti parlamentari di Palazzo della Minerva, ha avuto luogo un incontro dal titolo: “Il segreto delle carte e la trasparenza del Web: un equilibrio impossibile?”, promosso dal sen. Gianni Marilotti, Presidente della Commissione per la Biblioteca e l’Archivio storico del Senato.