protesters clashed with police in the capital following the arrest of the wiki leaks founder and president. of turning the ecuadorian embassy way to seven years. because. faces possible extradition to the u.s. where he could be tried on allegations of hacking and conspiring with fellow whistleblower. freedom of speech activists say the charges are an attack on journalism. french made weapons may have been used against civilians in yemen according. to the french intelligence. and environmental
london rail lines are hundreds of rest and attacking the headquarters of. hundreds of arrests and attacking the headquarters of. the climate change protest. the shell building is a kid just so you can be put a part of. the truth. you're just you're just. it's midnight here. with me. welcome to the program first to our capital where protesters have clashed with police in the arrest of wiki leaks founder julian assange in london last week.
the protesters claim president moraine sold to the united states is currently in washington where he's accused of the state of posting and coordinating hackers at the ecuadorian embassy in london he suspended his citizenship last week and terminated his asylum that led to the arrest of the australian national in the embassy. i saw she was convicted by a british court. in twenty twelve he also faces possible extradition to the us off to being charged with conspiracy to high current government computer but civil rights groups say some of the charges that based on the actions that any journalist might take. as arrest has raised fears for the. message does it send to the world that's the concern shared by the american civil liberties union the very body set up to defend civil freedoms in the united states the indictment is troubling nonetheless it characterizes as part of
a criminal conspiracy journalistic t.v.'s that are not just lawful but essential to press freedom now much of the indictment focuses on hacking and conspiring with chelsea manning however it's this bit that has everyone talking. it was part of the conspiracy that assigns and men into commercials to conceal men and as the source of the disclosure of classified records to weaken leaks including by removing the user names from the disclosed information and the lead in chat logs between man and the songe so trying to protect the identities of anonymous linkers and whistleblowers is now considered to be illegal well if that's the case american mainstream media should be in huge trouble intelligence sources tell and b.c. news the source tells n.b.c. news law enforcement and democratic sources telling c.n.n. that in a five sources two sources with links to that counter intelligence community according to anonymous washington post source take this article from the washington post.
the washington post has obtained transcripts of two conversations president trump had with foreign leaders one with mexican president enrique pena nieto so i don't know that with australian prime minister malcolm turnbull the transcripts were prepared by the white house but have not been released the post is publishing reproductions rather than original documents in order to protect sources so time to bring in the department of justice it's a criminal conspiracy to cover up the leaker right or take this one this one turned out to not actually be true it looks like somebody in the government is actually spreading disinformation who could that be well c.n.n. is protecting its source we have a not anonymous sources we protect that for real reasons so the information that is important to the public so you can get and sense donald trump has taken office hollywood has decided to celebrate the who wrote press the challenge the nixon administration back during the vietnam war. do you have the papers.
at the time so seven thousand pages detailing how the white house has been lying about the vietnam war for thirty years. i'm talking about exposing years of government secrets is that legal what is it you think we do here for a living so if you follow the logic of the indictment tom hanks' character is not a heroic journalist at all in fact he's a criminal and that points to another big question a number of voices have spoken up and said that it's ok to persecute and punish julian assange because quote he is not a real journalist but here's the thing the first amendment protects everyone whether you're labeled as a real journalist or not this is how the courts have explained it in the past as the supreme court has accurately warned a first amendment distinction between the institutional press on the speakers is unworkable the ninth circuit really believe that the world has changed and that everybody should be entitled to personal interactions so i do that of course julian
assange to. fact that he's hiding that name he's protecting his source that's what journalists do he's a publisher. leaks is an organization that publishes truthful classified information that's in the public interest and under that definition he's definitely a journalist so at this point the u.s. department of justice is telling us that julian assange may have done a bad thing by trying to hack into top secret government files well nobody disputes that but the bigger issue may be what he actually was able to reveal wiki leaks made public a lot of information that angered powerful people and it seems that now they want him to pay up and r.t. new york on today is going underground on our form of paying through and front and much i want as hits out to the u.k. for not opposing the u.s. to extradite a search. what they're trying to do trump and the rest of them and to raise them
a is they're trying to frighten would be truly innocent is who may provide this incredibly important service for the rest of us since a search in the future they're trying to scare them off so they won't do it somebody like julian as sarge willy nilly will be a progressive think fats why he chose to do the job that he chose to do they are killing a sandwich do you see him when he came out of the embassy he's been living he hasn't seen hardly seen daylight for six years having committed no crime he may very well end up dead that is why the british people he calls them as he was taken by those special branch offices into that van and driven away he called upon the people of great britain to resist i heard him watched
on the t.v. resist them and they should there should be a general strike in england to prevent him being extradited. french made weapons may have been used during the saudi led coalition's incursion into yemen that's according to leaks said to be from french intelligence they were made public by investigative website disclose which also says the weapons may have been used against civilians and other crimes. it demonstrates that hundreds of thousands of civilians live under the threat of these arms and provides information that allows us to demonstrate that some of these weapons may have been used to commit war crimes the french government is today where of the risk of this in light of the revelation that amnesty international has called on france to suspend arms sale to saudi arabia president across government has staunchly defended themselves and downplayed their role in the conflict challenging bensky picks up the story. france
has long been criticized for supplying weapons to saudi arabia human rights charity said time and time again told the government that those weapons are being used to bomb schools hospitals and other civilian targets exacerbating the crisis in yemen a war that's left thousands dead and pushed millions to the brink of starvation the u.n. has even called what's happening in yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis. you're. getting. but france has always hit back saying the weapons that it sells to saudi arabia
only used defensively to defer attacks by the p.c.'s i'm not aware that french weapons have been used directly in yemen except that now appears to be contradicted by a classified note by the french military intelligence service uncovered following an investigation by a media outlet called disclose it was feels french weapons sold to saudi arabia and the united arab emirates are being used in the war in yemen but one pressed again in light of this new evidence the government's once again offered denials to our knowledge the french weapons available to the members of the coalition are mostly in a defensive position outside yemeni territory or on call issued rights of way but not on the front line and we are not aware of any civilian casualties resulting from their use in the yemeni theater france is not among the lead. arms suppliers of
countries in gauged in yemen but that's hard to swallow given that this classified note was apparently provided to the french government in october twenty eighth it showed forty eight seas our artillery guns were being used along the saudi yemen border that tanks sold to u.a.e. are in action as to fight it jets. france's military agency note actually goes even further to friendships are serving
in the blockade of yemeni ports directly leading to food and medical shortages that means that women and children can't access the food that they need nor medicines if they've been attacked now last year president mccone dismissed pressure to halt arms sales to riyadh after it was implicated in the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. it's pure demagoguery to say stop selling weapons they have nothing to do with mr has to not confuse these things but it is interesting to hear before knowing facts say we will not sell more weapons which is already so more than france through the joint ventures they have arms sales to saudi all big business for france between two thousand and eight and two thousand and seventeen it was the second biggest purchaser of french elam's with deals totaling more than eleven billion euros meanwhile macron has talked about the ongoing crisis in. yemen his
country even hosted a humanitarian court for us to discuss the issue but for many so far it's been all talk and little action as pockets continue to be lined all why the people of yemen face one of the world's most desperate ploy it's so. arty paris and champaign we spoke he went as far as to say paris is complicit in the civilian deaths and has violated international law by supporting the bombing campaign. continues to surprise weapons to the saudi led coalition. the coalition uses them as it wishes one hand we cannot be sure how these weapons are used but on the other hand we can be sure one through thirty percent of coalition attacks a direct to the great civilian targets. since we supply weapons that are being used
in coalition strikes we help them to deliver these strikes against civilian targets in other words we are violating the rules of international law. a senior south african politician has been branded a racist for urging black voters not to waste their ballots on white candidates but the ruling a.n.c. party secretary general. denies of claims of racism. don't ever vote for a white person will never change the lives of black people they have oppressed of our main hope is the black vote the democratic alliance represents the white interest the elite and the privileged. comments have angered a party veterans who described his remarks as inappropriate the government has been at pains to fight discrimination by launching and national action plan to combat rising racism white people currently make up just nine percent of south africa's population but only more than seventy percent of private farmland but seeing an
increasing number of calls from the black community to really distribute the country's wealth. we got reaction from a former anti apartheid activist and also the president of the black first of land first party. i people are the beneficiaries of racism all of the way that there were liberal what i do even communists in south africa are white people then if you did it could you benefit thirty five thousand white families own eighty percent of the land will not shed tears let me fast they still maintaining that part of it hold on the economy so why would we not have their blacks on looking as they should be fighting for black liberation why would any black person vote what's demand in that position who has the ability and he's fingertips the ability to hope try and mean what has happened let's not try to do a dead just destroying even we're all just joining a third and that is the saddest thing because that is not the opinion of the
majority in this country i was arrested during the party for having brought up two black children living in my home at a time when it wasn't allowed and i think one feel strongly enough about one's own trying to overcome everything you can to isolate it into white and black you cannot do it. for us national security adviser john bolton has announced new. including restrictions for americans visiting the island based on whether they have relatives. today we are also announcing five additions to the cuba restricted list which prohibits direct financial transactions with entities tied to cuba's military intelligence and security services and personnel we are also announcing the apartment of the treasury will implement further regulatory changes to restrict family travel to cuba or another were
thank washington it's also lifted a ban on lawsuits being taken against foreign companies in china but it's a decision that could have a major impact on the tough on his biggest trading partner at a time when charles atlantica relations are already stretched our europe correspondent has the story. we're talking about cuba's tourism industry the tobacco industry as well as distilleries on the island all of benefited from large scale foreign investment and all could be subject of lawsuits the european union issued a letter from their top foreign policy person federica mockery and leading you commissioner on trade that's a letter to mike pompei o the u.s. secretary of state saying you follow through with this you courts will be looking at where they can punish u.s. businesses the e.u.
will be obliged to use all means at its disposal including called peroration with other international partners to protect its interests this could trigger south defeated cycle of claims that will impair the business climate without bringing justice to holders of claims or impacting the situation cuba in any positive way now the particular piece of legislation dates back to one thousand nine hundred six every president since bill clinton signed it into being suspended one particular part of it to avoid a flurry of lawsuits from those who claim rights to property that was seized during the cuban revolution in one nine hundred fifty nine on that aftermath brussels is not happy about this. extraterritorial application of the u.s. embargo is illegal it's contrary to international law i also personally consider it immoral but we believe that this one pharmacy all that it will be self-defeating obviously this will create even more confusion more terror and see more confusion
for foreign investment so why not just extend it no voyde all of these problems the reason for that is this has absolutely nothing to do with trade this threat of a tsunami of lawsuits against cuba is really intended to put pressure on her to walk away from nicolas madugalle in venezuela and the u.s. secretary of state in fact being quite transpire. that is the reason that they're plying this pressure to watch the political and diplomatic noose tightening around but. we will begin to do the same thing the cubans must understand too that there will be a cost associated with their continued support of nicholas berg we are seeing is donald trump living up to threats that he made that he wasn't afraid of a trade war and he will use trade as a stake when in order to beat those that aren't doing what he would like to see he would like them to do a trade war though a transatlantic trade war that benefits nobody in the long run it will be something
that both sides you would hope would be looking to avoid a head from a latin america an expert in spanish history professor who told us washington's move that could backfire. international law and that was why in the first instance it meant ninety six. government decided to use this is way. too real. was not going to be to be a part of european union act we've taken to the. organization . united states it was and was a. wind. farm could be part of the problem as well the united states because of its move it will lose. if they take it to. international.
environmental group extinction rebellion has attempted to disrupt the london's rail and cheap lines after more than three hundred activists were arrested over a series of protests that cause traffic chaos in the british capital. thousands of taking part in coordinated sit down protests at king's site since monday demanding action over climate change some vented their anger at the london headquarters of oil giant shell splashing windows and spraying graffiti on the walls there's also a number of the protesters have to set up. my grandchildren know what everybody's grandchildren to be able to grow up to safely we are demanding that the government tell the truth. and they must do that because people don't know what they're doing
is criminal all the governments across the world are part of this and they are letting our planet die or u.k. system and we all. have to stop this. break. the demonstrations are part of a global campaign organized as we say by british climate group extinction rebellion which was formed last year the movement demands governments to reduce carbon emissions to zero by twenty twenty five and the progress should be monitored by a public group to achieve its goals extinction rebellion promotes my civil disobedience in this stage rallies in more than thirty countries to date let's take a look at monday's demonstration in berlin. i am not going to. have demonstrated long enough we have the right and must now use the means of civil disobedience to rebel. and shift
climate change has placed the activists in teaching and. a political commentator and new york columnist in opposing chorus what these people believe that just because they think their rights that anything that they do is morally justified that is an extremely dangerous i think streaming on democratic positions of. making a point by make by not harming anybody else so no life is harmed or threatened anything we do and we sometimes we do commit criminal damage and we do that to draw attention because nobody is listening to the terrifying severity of the of the evidence the relevance of what we're talking about the idea that people do not believe in manmade global warming in this country is nonsense we've got ultra low emissions i just been launched in london that's a fact diesel calls we've got to fill tax which means that you have to recycle everything on less you want to pay a hundred dollars
a tall and this is classic denial what's that got to what none of those things are anything to do with climate change ok or the or the collapse of. biodiversity in the world they've got nothing to do it so you're just distracting from what is a terrifying prospect and climate change is going to get worse and worse and worse all of the scientists that have given predictions of the world's going to end in five ten fifteen years all of those deadlines have passed and so they say well i just want to show you that as well because right because life and most of the i.p.c.c. predictions going back if you look back at what they said what happened they were massive underestimate especially if you look at things like the the decline of arctic ice they massively underestimate what has happened i'm going to bet you if you. as a result of climate change by sixty five. i will pay if you'll forgive me it's not if you're still alive when you claim your purchase when you'll still if you'll still live long enough to claim your pension that you've got to give me the top if you also come to that but you're going to be dead by retirement age will you take that back look at your own. taurus boss has overturned on the portuguese island of
madeira killing twenty eight people the vehicle plunged off a road on wednesday evening most of those who are trying to leave to be german citizens of the twenty two were injured and it's not yet known what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. now france remains in shock after its iconic not shut down cathedral in paris was gutted by a devastating fire this week after a fifteen hour battle to put out the blaze this was the scene at the gothic world heritage site drone footage obtained by a video agency ruptly shows where the fire tore through its eight hundred fifty year old reef and eventually brought down its famous spy an investigation is still looking into the cause as experts of a the damage. many precious artefacts was saved from the historic building which was undergoing restoration work at a time when he wanted his own companies expressed their sadness and willingness to
financial survival guide i don't buy a i'm with you. as a last some of my ex from the future crocker kaiser. hello and welcome to cross talk we're all things are considered i'm peter lavelle that can be known as journalism is under assault and it didn't start with the trials of julian assange and wiki leaks once it was a noble act to report on the various activities of those in power now it is being criminalized free speech is now the privileged few.
cross liking journalism i'm joined by my guest john white in edinburgh he's a political commentator and writer in london we have george galloway he's a former member of parliament broadcaster and writer also in london we have michael patchett joyce he is a barrister with place chambers specializing in european international law and crosstalk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i always appreciate i'm going to ask all three of you the same question from the very start here is journalism being criminalized george first in london yeah i think you're right to pin this as a systemic problem it's not just about julian assange and this is just the latest station for the cross on the via dolorosa heading to the final demise of what's called freedom of expression here in this country and i think in other western countries we have the chilling effect of monopoly on our ship of the
so-called mainstream media the chilling effect of the state broadcaster of the b.b.c. the chilling effect of regulators like of com which regulates this program today for example the chilling effect of the new regulator of the internet the our press by the government's statement in the week supposedly to fight fake news but actually to enshrine fake news and along with ineluctably you might say the journalist profession going like sheep into the pen on the principle that you've got to go along to get along so i think wooden real trouble here in the west so far as freedom of expression is concerned ok michael in.