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World Tomorrow
"World Tomorrow" English-language title card framegrab
English-language title card
Also known as عالم الغد,
El Mundo del Mañana,
The Julian Assange Show
Genre Political talk show
Created by Julian Assange
Presented by Julian Assange
Theme music composer M.I.A.
Original language(s) English
Arabic
Russian
Spanish
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Location(s) Ellingham Hall, Norfolk
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 26 minutes
Production company(s) Quick Roll Productions
Dartmouth Films
Distributor Journeyman Pictures
Broadcast
Original channel RT
Original airing 17 April 2012 (2012-04-17T0Z)
External links
Website

World Tomorrow, or The Julian Assange Show, is a 2012 television program series of 26-minute political interviews hosted by WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange.[1] Twelve episodes were filmed prior to the program's premier.[2][3] It first aired on 17 April 2012, the 500th day of the "financial blockade" of WikiLeaks, on RT.[4][5]

List of episodes[edit]

"The Julian Assange Show"
Alternative The Julian Assange Show title card used in some regions
#[o 1] Episode title Originally aired Guest(s) Ref.
1 Nasrallah 17 April 2012 Hassan Nasrallah [6]
2 Horowitz-Zizek 24 April 2012 Slavoj Žižek
David Horowitz
[7]
3 Marzouki 1 May 2012 Moncef Marzouki [8]
4 Alaa-Nabeel 8 May 2012 Alaa Abd El-Fattah
Nabeel Rajab
[9]
5 Cageprisoners 15 May 2012 Moazzam Begg
Asim Qureshi
[10]
6 Correa 22 May 2012 Rafael Correa [11]
7 Occupy 29 May 2012 David Graeber
Marisa Holmes
Alexa O'Brien
Aaron Peters
Naomi Colvin
[12]
8 Cypherpunks 1 5 June 2012 Andy Müller-Maguhn
Jérémie Zimmermann
Jacob Appelbaum
[13]
9 Cypherpunks 2 12 June 2012 Andy Müller-Maguhn
Jérémie Zimmermann
Jacob Appelbaum
[14]
10 Khan 19 June 2012 Imran Khan [15]
11 Chomsky-Ali 26 June 2012 Noam Chomsky
Tariq Ali
[16]
12 Anwar 3 July 2012 Anwar Ibrahim [17]
  1. ^ Original weekly transmission order on RT. "Cypherpunks" was transmitted in slots 8/9. The later transmission slots numbered 10–12 are alternatively referenced as episodes 9–11 in some locations.

Production[edit]

The show is produced by Quick Roll Productions, which was established by Julian Assange with the assistance of Dartmouth Films. It is distributed by Journeyman Pictures and broadcast internationally in English, Arabic, and Spanish by RT and Italian newspaper L'espresso, who both make the program available online.[1][18][19] The theme for the show was composed by M.I.A..[2][3]

Assange stated that it had not been possible to interview Ai Weiwei or Mikhail Khodorkovsky.[4]

Margarita Simonian, a Russian television journalist, told the daily Moskovskii Komsomolets that Assange will resume making shows and allowing them to be broadcast Russian television once his legal troubles are over.[20]

Reception[edit]

In his The New York Times blog, Robert Mackey called RT "a strange partner" for Assange[21] while Robert Colvile inveighed Assange's show by writing, "After Wikileaks – and its mission to change the world – collapsed under the weight of its leader’s ego, Assange started hosting a TV show sponsored by that noted friend of freedom, Vladimir Putin."[22] In an article for The Guardian, Luke Harding described the show as proof that Assange was a "useful idiot".[23] Another article in The Guardian unrelated to Harding's said that it was doubtful Russian "revolutionaries" will make the show's guestlist and reported a tweet by Alexander Lebedev lambasting Assange, tweeting that it was, "Hard to imagine [a] more miserable final[e] for [a] 'world order challenger' than employee of state-controlled 'Russia Today'."[24]

Glenn Greenwald of Salon magazine and Mark Adomanis of Forbes praised the show and condemned the detractors writing for The New York Times and The Guardian.[25][26] Assange himself wrote a column published as a WikiLeaks press release that parodied some of the criticism.[27]

At the end of the first season, Tracy Quan wrote an article called "I Love the Julian Assange Show!", describing the show as "addictive, lively, wide-ranging, and informative".[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aslamshoyeva, Zarifmo (14 April 2012). "WikiLeaks' Assange to launch TV talk show". CNN. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's new MIA-featuring TV series to air from tomorrow (April 17)". New Musical Express. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Buchanan, Scott; Ellis, Scott (17 April 2012). "Aussies turning heads in London". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Official RT page" (television interview). RT. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Smith, Laura (13 April 2012). "Assange show premiere: Time to watch 'The World Tomorrow'". RT. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Episode 1". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Episode 2". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  8. ^ "Episode 3". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  9. ^ "Episode 4". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  10. ^ "Episode 5: Cageprisoners". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  11. ^ "Episode 6: Correa". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  12. ^ "Episode 7: Occupy". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  13. ^ "Episode 8". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  14. ^ "Episode 9". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  15. ^ "Episode 10". WikiLeaks. 
  16. ^ "Episode 11". WikiLeaks. 
  17. ^ "Episode 12". WikiLeaks. 
  18. ^ "The World Tomorrow: About". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Halliday, Josh (13 April 2012). "Julian Assange's TV chatshow to air on 17 April". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  20. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/assange-lines-up-russian-tv-gig/story-fnd134gw-1226458129578
  21. ^ Nytimes.com, 13 April 2012
  22. ^ Colvile, Robert (20 Jun 2012). "The downfall of a moralising moron is truly a thing of beauty". The Telegraph. 
  23. ^ Guardian.co.uk, 17 April 2012
  24. ^ Elder, Miriam (25 January 2012). "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's TV show to be aired on Russian channel". The Guardian. 
  25. ^ alon.com, 18 April 2012
  26. ^ Forbes.com, 18 April 2012
  27. ^ Wikileaks.org
  28. ^ Tracy Quan (2012-07-03). "I Love the Julian Assange Show!". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 

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