Julian Assange’s fifty-third birthday party

Jul 10, 2024
A birthday cake Julian Assange. Image: Photographer: Stefan Rousseau / Alamy / PA images 2020

A week after Julian Assange’s release from Belmarsh prison, a boisterous gathering of 200 very happy Assange supporters packed the St Kilda Bowls Club in Melbourne to celebrate Julian Assange’s 53 birthday on July 3. Assange, who was in seclusion still recovering from his ordeal, did not attend.

In his place, his father John Shipton praised the supporters for their ceaseless campaigning for Assange’s freedom and congratulated them on their hard-fought victory. Julian Assange, John Shipton said, was in the pantheon of great contrarian Australian journalists like John Pilger and Wilfred Burchett, maverick journalists who should be honoured because they had the courage to reveal uncomfortable truths.

From the victory celebrations at Julian Assange’s fifty-third birthday party, Bay FM reporter John Jiggens sent this report.


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