Pamela Anderson, former playboy model, has come forward in support of journalist Julian Assange. In a recent appearance on American talk show The View, she voiced her support, in opposition with the five hosts.
Assange was taken in by the Ecuadorian embassy in London for four years, restricted in two rooms because if he left he would be detained. As the founder of WikiLeaks, he published millions of documents which included information regarding the world’s most powerful governments and corporations.
Currently imprisoned in London’s HMP Belmarsh, the journalist and WikiLeaks publisher is facing possible extradition to the United States, where he has been charged with 17 counts under the Espionage Act of 1917 for the publication of classified material in the public interest.
The extradition hearing has been scheduled for February 2020. If extradited, Assange faces 175 years in prison in the United States.
The Pamela Anderson Foundation’s stated purpose is to support organisations and individuals that stand on the front lines in the protection of human, animal, and environmental rights. By funding the efforts of those who inform and defend the planet and all who live within it, as her website states, the Pamela Anderson Foundation is an agent of change and an advocate for justice.
Under her charity, Anderson puts emphasis on how all of these issues are connected, and dedicates herself to humanitarian aid.
Another celebrity who has recently come forward in support of activism is Keira Knightley. In her new film Official Secrets, she plays Katharine Gun, the British translator and whistleblower who tried to stop the Iraq war by exposing illegal spying in the U.S.
Knightley stated that when she was working on the Pirates of the Caribbean films she felt ‘stupid’ acting in a pirate outfit while her friends were attending anti- Iraq war demonstrations. She is now, like Anderson, hoping to shed light on the issue of arresting and silencing journalists and whistleblowers like Julian Assange and Katharine Gun. They appreciate the importance of their work to end unlawful wars, and maintain journalistic integrity in the persuit of truth, particularly when in conflict with government interests.