Several European institutions have set side with Julian Assange. No matter what you think about him organizing WikiLeaks, it is clear that we can have doubts about how fair his trail will be.
One of the dangers, set by the arrest of Julian Assange, is that everyone who exposes the government is in danger. Everyone who criticizes government policies is in danger.
Talking with inside sources is something pretty dangerous nowadays.
I don’t think that the EU is giving anything about press freedom. That is something which only goes well so long you are in line with government plans.
You see in Europe that criticizing the Marrakesh treaty is considered illegal. Next to this are they now talking to make it illegal to criticize the European Union or global warming.