The Catalan Dignity Commission awarded WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange with its 2019 Dignity Prize in Barcelona on Friday.
“We are really happy to offer an award to Julian Assange because he was an exemplary referent for us, a democratic reference whose journalism and informatics abilities allowed Catalonia to do the referendum in 2017,” said the founder member of Catalan Dignity Commission Toni Strubell.
Data analyst Joe Brew accepted the award on Assange’s behalf and delivered a speech.
“What Julian did for Catalonia was in the lead up to the 2017 referendum,” Brew stated.
The WikiLeaks co-founder has remained behind bars in Belmarsh Prison since May 2019, after he was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.
Despite this sentence coming to an end on September 22, a British judge ordered Assange remain in prison while facing extradition to the US, due to his previous history of absconding.