JANUARY 10, 2020
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being kept in a prison cell for up to 23 hours a day, but that has not stopped him from winning an award for raising the plight of the Catalans.
The Catalan Dignity Commission has honoured him with its 2019 Dignity Prize for raising awareness around the world about the plight of the Catalans in the lead up to the 2017 independence vote.
Announced on Friday, the prize recognises his efforts to correct misreporting of events and to provide live video updates to the world of the peaceful Catalan protesters and the brutal crackdown on them by Spanish police.
The advice Assange gave to Catalans on how to use apps to avoid Spanish Government shut downs was also acknowledged.
He also tweeted information about the historical background to the struggle for independence by the Catalans, giving context to the referendum vote.
He undertook to help the Catalans despite the risk it would create his own problems with the Ecuadorean Government.
As a result, Assange’s support for the democratic process led to a backlash from Spain sparking concerns within Ecuador’s government.
Soon after Assange’s internet connection was cut off and his access to visitors stopped.
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