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The premiere of John Furse’s myth-busting new documentary ‘NOT IN OUR NAME: The Psychological Torture of Julian Assange’ (24 mins) is taking place on Tuesday July 14th at 6.00pm at a Zoom Special Event hosted by campaign organisation Don’t Extradite Assange.
The Event will feature UN Special Rapporteur On Torture Professor Nils Melzer, Reporters Without Borders’ International Campaigns Director Rebecca Vincent and filmmaker John Furse.
“No-one should make any judgement about Julian Assange without watching this short and powerful film.” (Peter Oborne, journalist and broadcaster)
“This film is shocking, a real wake-up call.” (John McCarthy, author & broadcaster)
“A powerful film that makes you think twice about Julian Assange.” (Peter York, author & broadcaster)
TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GZvzFVyjQ4OboAiR-yiwwQ
Or at 6.00pm put the words ‘Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign’ into the search function on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
It will be recorded, and available immediately afterwards on Don’t Extradite Assange’s Facebook and Twitter pages and on their YouTube channel:
FILM TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi_aMNxND9Y
This revelatory film shows how Wikileaks founder Assange is a victim of prolonged psychological torture, an abuse of human rights and international law only very recently recognised and classified by the United Nations (UN).
In February 2020 the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) published a landmark report on psychological torture. It was written by their Special Rapporteur on Torture Professor Nils Melzer.
Melzer had been responsible for reporting to UNCHR on the world-famous case of Assange. He’d been asked by Assange’s defence team to investigate the conditon of a man who for 9 years had been the target of US authorities for publishing a treasure trove of US intelligence files given to the online publisher by whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
“I’m not going to defend this rapist, narcissist….” Melzer recalls disbelievingly in ‘NOT IN OUR NAME: The Psychological Torture of Julian Assange’.
But once he started to look into the case he realised that “When you scratched the surface things didn’t add up.” His findings were explosive.
After visiting Assange in London’s maximum security Belmarsh Prison last May with two medical specialists he came to the conclusion that Assange is the victim of psychological torture over a long period of time.
In the film doctors with specialist knowledge in torture techniques, and a former diplomat who saw him daily during his refuge at the Ecuador Embassy in London, provide powerful testimony to Assange’s suffering.
We learn a very different story to the mythology publicly promulgated about one of Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ and how and why he has been targeted by those who see a free press as a threat to their power.
We discover how this mythology has been part of both a sustained assault on his credibility as a journalist and publisher and a deliberate enterprise to break his psychological and physical health as an example to others.
‘NOT IN OUR NAME: The Psychological Torture of Julian Assange’ is a film that will confound viewers just as the UN Special Rapporteur was confounded when he discovered the truth behind the headlines.
Don’t Extradite Assange: http://www.dontextraditeassange.com
The Courage Foundation: http://www.couragefound.org
John Furse’s Website: http://www.johnfurse.co.uk
Making ‘Not In Our Name’ during the lockdown was a real piece of ‘garage’ filmmaking because my colleague Gus Coral and I couldn’t work together at his editing set-up in the normal way. I had to compose the film at home on the written page and email all the sources, edits, changes, etc (including the exact minutes and seconds of every element to be used when and where) to Gus in North London. He then did the physical edit in his Grenfell Tower-type council flat editing ‘suite’.
I also had to record the commentary in our 1 x 2 metre studio loo, thankfully still lined with vintage, sound-dampening tongue-and-groove boarding, using my i-phone in dawn sorties there undisturbed by traffic, planes, kids and wild parakeets, and then email ‘the loo tapes’ to Gus. The whole production took 6 weeks, twice as long as if Gus and I had been able to work normally.