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Nabeel Rajab (Still Image from Episode 4)

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE
Mon May 7 17:00:00 UTC 2012

Nabeel Rajab Arrested: ‘The World Tomorrow’ Episode 4: Egypt & Bahrain

Tuesday 8 May, 12:30 PM London time

The Bahraini activist, Nabeel Rajab, has been subject to legal harrassment in retaliation for his activities as a protest leader in Bahrain. On Saturday, 5th of May, Rajab was arrested by plain clothes policemen at Manama airport. He was returning from Lebanon, where – according to the spokespeople from the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights – he had been meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. On Sunday he appeared in court on charges of taking part in “in illegal assembly and calling others to join.” The Bahrain interior ministry has stated that Rajab was under arrest “for committing a number of crimes punishable by law.”

Nabeel Rajab appears as a guest on the fourth episode of “The World Tomorrow,” which is to be broadcast on Tuesday 8th of May, at 12:30 London time. The episode is an interview between Julian Assange, who has been under house arrest without charge for over 500 days, and two leading Arab revolutionaries in the middle of conflict: Alaa Abd El-Fattah from Egypt and Nabeel Rajab from Bahrain. The episode will air thoughout Tuesday in English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Russian, starting from 12:30 PM London time, 7:30 AM (New York), 13.30 PM (Rome), 15:30 PM (Moscow) and 9:30 PM (Sydney/Melbourne). RT will air the episode 12 times on Tuesday on its international cable network which covers over 430 million subscribers, including 53 million in the United States on Comcast and Warner.

Alaa Abd El-Fattah (Still Image from Episode 4)

The show will be aired in Italian by L’Espresso Group in Italy. The episode will be available online immediately after broadcasting. Transcripts and URLs will be available at http://worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org

At the time of the interview all three participants were in the middle of serious legal and political attacks. Assange notes, “When this show was filmed, Nabeel Rajab was free. When it is broadcast, he will be in detention. In the show, he told me that he fully expected to pay a high price for his work in Bahrain. The 5th of May proved him right. It will be interesting to see what the government of Bahrain does in reaction to what he has to say.”

More information about the programme and inquiries into licensing should be made via the show’s website: http://worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org/contact.html

 

Julian Assange

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Nabeel Rajab
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Alaa Adb el-Fattah
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaa_Abd_El-Fattah

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PRESS RELEASE
Fri May 4 16:45:40 UTC 2012

Julian Assange show ‘The World Tomorrow’ Episode 4: Egypt & Bahrain

Tuesday 8 May, 12:30 PM London time

The forth episode of “The World Tomorrow” will be an interview between Julian Assange, who has been under house arrest without charge for over 500 days, and two leading Arab revolutionaries in the mididle of conflict, Alaa Abd El-Fattah from Egypt and Nabeel Rajab from Bahrain. The episode will air throughout Tuesday in English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Russian, starting from 12:30 PM London time, 7:30 AM (New York), 13.30 PM (Rome), 15:30 PM (Moscow) and 9:30 PM (Sydney/Melbourne). RT will air the episode 12 times on Tuesday on its international cable network which covers over 430 million subscribers, including 53 million in the United States on Comcast and Warner. The show will be aired in Italian by L’Espresso Group in Italy. The episode will be available online immediately after broadcasting. Transcripts and URLs will be available at http://worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org

Assange notes, “Is the Arab spring an unfolding dream or an impossible fantasy? I look past the media spin and conspire directly with its human participants.”

At the time of the interview all three participants were in the middle of serious legal and political attacks.

More information about the programme and inquiries into licensing should be made via the show’s website: http://worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org/contact.html

Julian Assange
http://justice4assange.com/
Nabeel Rajab
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabeel_Rajab
http://twitter.com/nabeelrajab
Alaa Adb el-Fattah
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaa_Abd_El-Fattah
http://twitter.com/alaa

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PRESS RELEASE

Episode 3: Moncef on May Day

Tuesday 01 May, 12:30 PM London time

The third episode of “The World Tomorrow” will be an interview between Julian Assange and the President of the Tunisian Republic, Moncef Marzouki. The episode will be broadcast in English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Russian, on May Day – Tuesday the 1st of May. The episode will air from 12:30 PM London time, 7:30 AM (New York), 13.30 PM (Rome), 15:30 PM (Moscow) and 9:30 PM (Sydney/Melbourne). RT will air the episode throughout the day on its international cable network which covers over 430 million subscribers, including 53 million in the United States on Comcast and Warner. It will be aired in Italian by L’Espresso Group in Italy. The episode will be available online immediately after broadcasting. Transcripts and URLs will be available at http://worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org

Assange notes, “Moncef Marzouki, human rights activist, must now lead the state that imprisoned him. Can he transform the state? Or will the realities of power transform Marzouki?”

President Moncef Marzouki is a trained physician, and was a long time opponent of the dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. During the early 1990s, his vocal opposition to Ben Ali led to his imprisonment at the hands of the regime. He founded the National Committee for the Defense of Prisoners of Conscience, and was President of the Arab Commission for Human Rights. Persecuted and harrassed, Marzouki left Tunisia for exile in France. With other Tunisian exiles he founded and chaired his political party, the Congress for the Republic. He has written extensively on dictatorships, bringing a medical eye to bear on the ailments of his society. Since 2001 he has argued that Ben Ali would not fall because of armed uprising, or because of foreign pressure, but because of a people’s movement, employing the methods of civil resistance. In January 2011, Tunisia proved him right. After Ben Ali’s departure, he returned from exile to announce his candidacy, and was elected interim president by the new Constituent Assembly of Tunisia in October 2011.

More information about the programme and inquiries into licensing should be made via the show’s website: http://worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org

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PRESS RELEASE

Episode 2: Slavoj Žižek and David Horowitz

Tuesday 24 April, 12:30 PM London time

Slavoj Žižek and David Horowitz are the guests for the second episode of Julian Assange’s interview show, “The World Tomorrow”. Broadcasters will air the episode in English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Russian, beginning Tuesday 24 April at: 12:30 PM London time, 7:30 AM (New York), 13.30 PM (Rome), 15:30 PM (Moscow) and 9:30 PM (Sydney/Melbourne). RT will air the episode throughout the day on its international cable network which covers over 430 million subscribers, including 53 million in the United States (http://rt.com/usa). The episode will be available online immediately after broadcasting. Transcripts and URLs will be available at http://worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org/

“Intellectual superstar” Slavoj Žižek is a philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural commentator. Žižek was a dissident thinker in Tito’s Yugoslavia and ran for president in the 1990 Slovenian presidential election. Žižek is a notorious provocateur, who describes himself as a Leninist as well as an admirer of Europe’s Judeo-Christian heritage, and decorates his flat in Ljubljana with a portrait of Joseph Stalin. He is Professor at the European Graduate School, senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana and International Director of the Birkbeck Centre for the Humanities, University of London.

David Horowitz is a renowned stalwart of hardline conservative American political thought and an unrepentant Zionist. During the 1960s and 1970s, Horowitz was the editor of Ramparts magazine and a leading figure in the emerging “New Left” at the University of California, Berkeley, and an employee of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation in London. Horowitz’s journey to the right of the political spectrum began in the 1970s, after his involvement with the Black Panthers ended in a personal tragedy. He is the Director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and a prolific author of political literature. His organisation campaigns against leftist and Islamist influence in the media, in academia and in politics.

The tone of the conversation between Žižek, Horowitz and Assange alternates between combative, personal and good-humoured. The topics covered jump backwards and forwards at a wildfire pace, to include Palestinians and Nazis, Joseph Stalin and Barack Obama, the decline of Europe and the tension between liberty and equality, among many others.

This 26-minute edit is cut from a 2.5 hour long conversation. More information about the programme and inquiries into licensing an extended version of the interview should be made via the show’s website: http://worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org

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STATEMENT: Smear and Enjoy
Tuesday 17th February 2012 14:00 BST

Statement by Julian Assange

“The World Tomorrow with Julian Assange” premieres today. The first broadcast features the leader of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. In this document, I try to lend a helping hand to the overworked hacks in the anti-Assange ’smearsphere’ by indulging in a pre-emptive bout of self-hating WikiLeaks-bashing.

Corporate media and regime propaganda machines alike excel in the mass production of sensationalist smears against individuals and organisations they perceive to be social, political or economic competition. Fortunately WikiLeaks is all three.

Most of the time, I despair at the lack of imagination and poor sense of humour evinced by journalists and public figures who should know better.

I have decided to hold out an olive-branch to our overworked detractors, by writing higher quality smears for them. Now please don’t take them all for yourself. One per “journalist”. Please tweet #smearandenjoy and the number so others know that smear is taken, and above all don’t forget to smear and enjoy, smear and enjoy!

To make sure you don’t accidentally say anything that is true see the official press release for all those pesky facts you should avoid.

#smearandenjoy

#1.1
The trinity of evil: WikiLeaks, Russia, Pick Your Guest!
#1.2
The trinity of evil: Assange, Putin, Pick Your Guest!

#2.1
Assange is a Kremlim patsy, employed by the Kremlin, the show is propaganda, editorially controlled by Putin and filmed by the FSB!
#2.2
Putin is a WikiLeaks patsy, allowing his television channel to be manipulated by Julian Assange to become a propaganda network for WikiLeaks!
#2.3
Nasrallah was interviewed as part of a Russian diplomatic game with Syria. Assange is a pathetic patsy, and a dictator-supporting hypocrite. We all know Russia supports Syria and RT is its uncritical propaganda vehicle. Why else would they interview Nasrallah?!
#2.4
Assange is desperate, marginalized pariah, rightly rejected by the Western media. The only people who will work with him are US-hating Russians!
#2.5
In actual fact, the show was produced by Russia Today, as evinced by the lack of credits after the first episode!
#2.6
Assange is only interested in money – the Kremlin must have paid him big bucks!
#2.7
Assange is a desperate hypocrite for brown-nosing the media-suppressing Krelim!
#2.8
Where are the Russian dissidents/the Russian opposition? Assange is a hopeless Kremlin stooge!

#3.1
Assange is a shy, timid computer geek – just look how awkward he is!
#3.2
Assange blinks too much – this shows that he is not only nervous and weird, but also lying!
#3.3
Assange changes his clothes all the time. He’s a narcissist!
#3.4
Assange looks fat and self-satisfied, he’s clearly living it up under “mansion arrest”!
#3.5
Assange never changes his clothes. And his socks are loose too! [Bill Keller remix]
#3.6
Assange looks thin and sick, clearly eaten alive by guilt and stress!
#3.7
Assange is a control freak, who micromanaged this show into an idiosyncratic flop, as evidenced by his ubiquity in the credit roll!
#3.8
Assange is an egomanic, just look at how he hogs the limelight!
#3.9
Assange is a complete pushover as a host, evidenced by how little he talks, and how much he allows his guests to hog the limelight!

#4.1
Assange is an Islamophobe. He has no respect for the religious sentiments of his guests!
#4.2
Assange is a closet Muslim. His show is absolutely jammed full of Muslim guests!
#4.3
Assange is a smiling Mossad agent, lulling enemies of Israel into a false sense of security in order to expose their secrets!
#4.4
Assange is an enemy combatant in the field of psychological warfare, an agent of Iran, who humanises the inhuman by giving voice to Israel’s enemies!
#4.5
Assange is an anti-Semite, as revealed by his fawning over Islamists!
#4.6
Assange’s guests are all white-haired, middle-aged men. Not only is he a misogynist, he’s also a gerontocrat!

#5.1
Assange isn’t a “real” TV host, just a fringe publisher under house arrest, as revealed by his hopeless questions and bad clothes!
#5.2
Assange has turned into a celebrity TV host. He is neglecting the WikiLeaks publishing mission and will never publish anything substantive again!
#5.3
Assange is a criminal, not a professional. He is trying to distract attention away from his court case by embarking on elaborate television misadventures!
#5.4
Assange is clearly bored by his guests – and the feeling is mutual!
#5.5
Assange is a media whore!
#5.6
Assange betrays his own principles of scientific journalism, by releasing an edited (i.e biased) version of the show, and not the full interview!
#5.7
Assange has delayed the beginning of show, so he can use it as a secret weapon for his Supreme Court case!
#5.8
Assange can’t hold a conversation for more than 26 minutes!
#5.9
Assange won’t shut up for the entire 26 minutes!
#5.11
No one cares about Assange anymore. He’s noticed, and his response is this desperate, pathetic attempt to regain the centre of attention!
#5.12
Assange has gone hopelessly mainstream and boring. He has lost all his edge, and is forced to make TV shows with a bunch of British squares!
#5.13
Assange is all about transparency, and then he redacts the names of the entire production crew!
#5.14
Assange uses Skype, how amateur and unprofessional. It shows how little he cares about internet privacy!
#5.15
This entire enterprise is an obvious, awkward and failed attempt at attaining a veneer of legitimacy for Assange!
#5.16
Assange asks softball questions. He should give those bad people a harder time!
#5.17
Assange is too argumentantive with his guests. He should have more respect for our leaders!
#5.18
Assange has given up the quest for the truth to suck up to terrorists!

#6.1
Assange has tawdry, twee taste. He is an interior designer’s nightmare!
#6.2
Assange’s awful taste in clothes and wallpaper are matched only by his choice of guests!

#7.1
Assange is desperate to appear cool and relevant – this is why he chose MIA to make the music for the show!

#8.1
Assange clearly hates his own show, and is therefore trying to preempt criticism by releasing this list!

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PRESS RELEASE – The World Tomorrow: New Assange TV Show Airing on Tuesday 17 April 2012
Friday, 13th April, 9:00am London Time

Julian Assange has completed filming twelve episodes of his forthcoming show, “The World Tomorrow”. The first episode will be aired on RT and released online on Tuesday 17 April 2012, with other networks to follow.

Julian Assange, founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, has been under house arrest, without charge, for almost 500 days. Over the past two months, his temporary home in the English countryside has played host to a series of extraordinary conversations with some of the most interesting and controversial people alive in the world today.

“The World Tomorrow” is a collection of twelve interviews featuring an eclectic range of guests, who are stamping their mark on the future: politicians, revolutionaries, intellectuals, artists and visionaries. The world’s last five years have been marked by an unrelenting series of economic crises and political upheavals. But they have also given rise to the eruption of revolutionary ferment in the Middle East and to the emergence of new protest movements in the Euro-American world. In Julian’s words, the aim of the show is “to capture and present some of this revolutionary spirit to a global audience. My own work with WikiLeaks hasn’t exactly made my life easier”, says Assange, “but it has given us a platform to broadcast world-shifting ideas.”

For Julian, part of the show’s strength lies in its “frank and irreverent tone”. “My conviction is that power can only be transformed if it is taken seriously – but ordinary people must resist the temptation to defer to the powerful.”

The original music for the show has been composed by British-Sri Lankan artist M.I.A.

The first interview will be broadcast on RT on Tuesday 17 April, at 12:30 London time. Subsequent interviews, edited to last 26 minutes each, will be broadcast on a weekly basis. The interviews and transcripts will also be made available online. Arrangements are currently being made with other licensees to publish longer edits of the series. For more information on the show, please visit worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Who is producing “The World Tomorrow”?
The show is being produced by Quick Roll Productions, a company established by Julian Assange.
The main production partner is Dartmouth Films, a UK producer of independent films. Indispensable help and advice has been received from friends and supporters of WikiLeaks. If your network is interested in licensing the show, please visit the website of the distributor, Journeyman Pictures.

What has RT got to do with “The World Tomorrow”?
RT is the first broadcast licensee of the show, but has not been involved in the production process. All editorial decisions have been made by Julian Assange. RT’s rights encompass the first release of 26-minute edits of each episode in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Will the full material recorded during the interviews be made available?
We are devoted to making available as much material as possible within the constraints of Julian’s circumstances. Longer edits of the episodes will be released in due course, and transcripts of the interviews will be published on the show’s independent website, worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org.

Who is Julian Assange?
Julian Assange is an Australian-born publisher, entrepreneur and internet activist. He is the Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, which he founded in 2006. Since then, WikiLeaks has been responsible for releasing the biggest leaks in history, including the Afghan and Iraq War Logs, the Collateral Murder Video, Cablegate and the Global Intelligence Files. Julian and WikiLeaks have received a number of awards for journalism and campaigning, including: The Economist Award for Freedom of Expession (2008), the Amnesty International Media Award (2009), the Le Monde Person of the Year (2010), The Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal (2011), the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (2011) and the Walkley Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (2011). He won the popular vote for TIME Person of the Year 2010.

What is the current status of Julian Assange?
As of Friday 13 April 2012, Julian has been under house arrest, without charge, for 492 days. This follows on from his imprisonment in solitary confinement, also without charge, in December 2010. Julian is currently residing at a supporter’s home in the English countryside, as dictated by his bail conditions. He is forced to wear an electronic manacle around his ankle at all times. Monitoring units are installed in the house and report to the British government via the security contractor, G4S. A closed United States Grand Jury investigation into Julian Assange has been active in the USA for 574 days. Julian is currently awaiting the result of his UK Supreme Court appeal against his extradition to Sweden. Information leaked to WikiLeaks from the email accounts of US private intelligence agency Stratfor (the “shadow CIA”), show that the United States government issued a sealed indictment against Julian Assange as early as January 2011.

More info: http://justice4assange.com/

What is the current status of Wikileaks?
Despite 495 days of unlawful financial blockade by a cartel made up of VISA, Mastercard, the Bank of America, Western Union and PayPal, and despite severe restrictions on the liberty of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks is continuing its operations as normal, to the best of its abilities. On Monday 27 February 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing the Global Intelligence Files, over five million emails from Texas-based “global intelligence” firm Stratfor. WikiLeaks is conducting its activities in conjunction with over ninety media partners all over the globe. A number of formal actions against the banking blockade are active in Europe and South America.

More info: http://wikileaks.org/Banking-Blockade

http://worldtomorrow.wikileaks.org/

http://justice4assange.com/

http://wikileaks.org

http://wikileaks.org/Banking-Blockade.html

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PRESS RELEASE – New Assange TV Series
23 January 2012, 23:00 GMT

Julian Assange will be hosting a series of in-depth conversations with key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world. The theme: the world tomorrow.

Upheavals and revolutions in the Middle East have commenced an era of political change that is still unfolding. In the West, the deterioration of the rule of law has demonstrated the bankruptcy of once leading political institutions and ideologies. The internet has never been so strong, or so much under attack.

At this pivotal moment there is an awareness of the need to radically rethink the world around us.

WikiLeaks, as the world’s boldest publisher, has been at the front line of this global movement for understanding and change. Its founder, Julian Assange, as the subject of an ongoing Grand Jury investigation in the United States for over 500 days now, is one of the world’s most recognizable revolutionary figures.

Both a pioneer for a more just world and a victim of political repression, he is uniquely placed to catalyse a global discussion on how to go forward.

In recognition of this, Assange will draw together controversial voices from across the political spectrum – iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders – each to offer a window on the world tomorrow and their ideas on how to secure a brighter future.

Julian Assange says: “Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it. Are we heading towards utopia, or dystopia and how we can set our paths? This is an exciting opportunity to discuss the vision of my guests in a new style of show that examines their philosophies and struggles in a deeper and clearer way than has been done before.”

The series will begin airing in mid-March, in ten weekly half-hour episodes. Initial licensing commitments cover over 600 million viewers across cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast networks. To enquire about licensing the series for your region contact contact@quickrollproductions.com.

Press release authorized by Julian Assange