23 June 2022
Votes: 29 in favor 1 against 1 abstention
In the draft resolution, after paragraph 1, insert the following paragraph:
"In contrast, a virtuous model of interrelation between users and intermediaries was constituted by Wikileaks. Therefore, it is unacceptable that States tend to punish this horizontal and democratic information communication model instead of encouraging it with a view to gradually implementing a comprehensive legal declassification mechanism."
In amendment 2, replace the words "paragraph 1" with the following words:
23 June 2022
Votes: 29 in favor 2 against 1 abstention
In the draft resolution, at the end of paragraph 12, insert the following sentences:
"The right balance is enhanced by adherence to the professional rules and ethics of the journalist, who with cross-checking subjects the sources to scrutiny. This was scrupulously respected by Assange and member States must act in line with Resolution 2300 (2019) "Improving the protection of whistle-blowers all over Europe". Each member State must recognise, and ensure respect of, the right of journalists to protect their sources, and develop an appropriate normative, judicial and institutional framework to protect whistleblowers and whistleblowing facilitators. It is unfair that this right was not taken into account in the extradition judgment brought against him. In accordance with Resolution 2317 (2020) "Threats to media freedom and journalists' security in Europe", the detention and criminal prosecution of Mr Julian Assange constitute a dangerous precedent for journalists. As the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment declared on 1 November 2019, Mr Assange's extradition to the United States must be barred and he must be promptly released."
In amendment 3, replace the words "at the end of paragraph 12, insert the following sentences: The right balance" with the following words:
"after paragraph 14, insert the following sentences: The right to free and pluralist information"
23 June 2022
Votes: 30 in favor 1 against 1 abstention
In the draft resolution, after paragraph 14, insert the following paragraph:
"When they deal with information, Internet intermediaries have to act in accordance with the principles set out in Resolution 2382 (2021) "Media freedom, public trust and the people's right to know". The "chilling effect" against journalists is an example of major threat to the people's right to know. As the Commissioner for Human Rights puts it in her letter to Priti Patel on 10 May 2022, "the broad and vague nature of the allegations against Mr Assange, and of the offences listed in the indictment, are troubling as many of them concern activities at the core of investigative journalism in Europe and beyond" (CommHR/DM/sf012/2022)."
In amendment 1, delete the second and third sentences.