Politics & Society

Open justice: Admission to Assange hearing ‘by ticket only’

Up to 100 journalists will be allowed access to the extradition appeal of Wikileaks editor Julian Assange at the Royal Courts of Justice on 12 July — “by ticket only”.

Media companies will be informed whether they have been allocated tickets after the application deadline on Monday 4 July.

The press has been given 75 seats in the courtroom and a further 25 seats in the public gallery.

Media organisations, rather than individual journalists, will be allocated the spaces and proof of identity must be provided on the day.

Assange has been living in Norfolk under bail conditions for the past six months. His supporters last week claimed that he is being detained “under house arrest” in “excessive and dehumanising” conditions.

His earlier appearances in court attracted widespread press interest, with the judge giving specific permission for journalists to live-tweet from court.

Assange versus the Swedish Judicial Authority will be heard in Court 4 at the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday 12 July 2011 at 10.30 before Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Ouseley.


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  1. Posted 24Jun11 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Media organisations only, so no sole-trading freelance journalists need apply. That seems like a discriminatory practice on the part of the court. Is it legal?

  2. Posted 24Jun11 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I wonder why journalists would want to participate at an event where the outcome is supposedly already clear? Were is the suspense?

  3. Posted 24Jun11 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    “I’d say a bona fide freelance journalist should go for a judicial review on the decision.”

    Good idea, but I’m reluctant to proceed without NUJ backing. I shall make enquiries.

  4. Posted 25Jun11 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Lucy – It’s not a matter of suspense; it’s a matter of documenting the events.

  5. Posted 25Jun11 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    A Free speech blog that doesn`t allow free speach by deleting non offensive posts? Ha u must be kidding!

    PS: and this was my comment and a very justified if u ask me:

    I wonder why journalists would want to participate at an event were the outcome is clear from the start?

  6. Posted 25Jun11 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    BTW If this hearing was really public then cameras and a webstream could do a better job than the subjective reportng of a few mainstream journalists!

  7. Posted 25Jun11 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like getting into see the Olympics to me

  8. Posted 25Jun11 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    So how much are tickets to the show?

  9. Posted 26Jun11 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Regarding songs about Assange, here is something:

    If you like it, check the rest of their videos.

  10. Posted 26Jun11 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
    Kunzang Chodron

    Wake up People, do you think that we live in a free world? “Democracy” does not exits here on Planet Earth, welcome to Hell..

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