Plea to president over internet ban on Assange
THE Ecuadorian president is being urged to reverse a ban on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange using the internet or receiving visitors.
Among those signing a letter to Lenin Moreno are actress Pamela Anderson, musician Brian Eno, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and former Greek minister Yanis Varoufakis.
The appeal has been co-ordinated by campaign group the Courage Foundation.
The Ecuadorian Government decided earlier this week to stop Julian Assange using the internet or social media from its embassy in London.
Mr Assange has been living there for almost six years, believing he will be extradited to the US for questioning over the activities of Wikileaks if he leaves.
The internet ban came in the wake of a tweet from Julian Assange about the recent detention of Catalan president Carles
Puidgemont in Germany.
The letter reads: “If there is no freedom of speech for Julian Assange, there is no freedom of speech for any of us – regardless of the disparate opinions we hold.”