www.meltonpriorinstitut.org - 03.12.2010



WilkesLeaks

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Julian Assange ....

..... a John Wilkes of the new century?

WilkesLeaks: .... John Wilkes, the "Father of Civil Liberty" was released from prison in April 1770. Still banned from the House of Commons, Wilkes joined the campaign for the freedom of the press. In February, 1771, the House of Commons attempted to prevent several London newspapers from publishing reports of its debates. Wilkes decided to challenge this decision and the government reacted by ordering the arrest of two of his printers. A large crowd soon surrounded the House of Commons and afraid of what would happen, the government ordered the release of the two men and abandoned attempts to prevent the publication of reports of its debates.