Category Freedom of Speech

The Kabul Strike: Drone Whistleblowers React

While the media and decision makers are reckoning with the Kabul strike the voices of drone whistleblowers have been conspicuously absent from these national discussions.

Hedges and Giroux: The Age of Manufactured Ignorance

“The Red Scare, Giroux warns, is alive and well in America.”

Matt Taibbi: Responding to “On the Media” on Free Speech: FIRE’s “So to Speak” Podcast

Last month, On the Media, a popular radio program from New York City’s WNYC, aired an episode that questioned free speech values and challenged so-called “free speech absolutism.”
On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by Matt Taibbi, Nadine Strossen, and Amna Khalid, who provide direct responses to many of the free speech critiques made in On the Media’s program

DN! Forced Entry: NSO Group Spies Secretly Seized Control of Apple Devices by Exploiting Flaw in Code

“This is … the most important crisis around global civil society right now.” Over 1.65 billion Apple products in use around the globe have been vulnerable to the spyware since at least March.

Meet the Censored: Hitler, by Matt Taibbi

“Asking computer programs to sort out the subtleties of different types of speech — differences between commentary and advocacy, criticism and incitement, reporting and participation — has proven a disaster.”

“Don’t you know there’s a war on?” by Patrick Lawrence

“The sooner we recognize these and many similar events as disparate dimensions of a concerted war waged against us, the better we will understand the air we breathe and the water we drink.”

Hedges: Bless the Traitors

“Daniel Hale is one of the most consequential whistleblowers,” Edward Snowden said on a May Day panel held at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the Pentagon Papers.

UK High Court Allows US to Appeal Ban on Assange Extradition;Doctors Tell Biden: Let Assange Go

“Because western media are designed to protect the powerful, most people are more aware of smears about Assange being a Russian agent or a rapist than of his victimization by a tyrannical assault on world press freedoms…”

NY Times Op-Ed Denounces Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden on 50th Anniversary of its Publishing the Pentagon, by Barbara Koeppel

In one piece, former New York Times foreign correspondent Elizabeth Becker says that, when the Pentagon Papers were exposed, “the nation was stunned. Responses ranged from horror to anger to disbelief.”

Key Witness in US Case Against Assange Changes His Story, by Joe Lauria

“This is the end of the case against Julian Assange.” -Edward Snowden

‘Julian Assange indictment is attack on press freedom,’ his father and brother tell St. Paul forum

“Reporting truth is not a crime..”

Julian Assange: Free Speech, Freedom of the Press, and the Fight for Economic and Racial Justice

John and Gabriel Shipton, the father and brother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, are on a nationwide tour to advocate for the release of the journalist, who has been detained in Britain since 2012, and for the Biden administration to drop the U.S. Government’s extradition efforts.

Julian Assange: Separating Fact from Fiction

John Kiriakou will discuss his firsthand experience of being tried in the “Espionage Court” in the Eastern District of Virginia and what Assange will actually face if extradited. Plus Ray McGovern and Fidel Narvaez, And the Shiptons.

Celebrating Fifty Years of an Individual’s Courage in an Era of Apathy, by Danny Sjursen

“Still, there stands Daniel Ellsberg – and others like him; living and breathing correctives to any temptation towards apathy.”

Chris Hedges: Julian Assange and the Collapse of the Rule of Law

“Lliving in truth in a despotic system is the supreme act of defiance. This truth terrifies those in power.”

DN! “Julian Is Suffering”: Family of Assange and Chris Hedges in NYC on Assange

“The situation there is really dire, and Julian is suffering inside that prison.”

Assange’s Father on US Tour, includes Minneapolis/St. Paul

“Assange’s family members will meet with activists, press, and policymakers to raise awareness of the importance of protecting whistleblowers and journalists, and to advocate for the release of Julian Assange, whom the United Nations has declared “arbitrarily detained” since 2010.”

Chris Hedges on the Ruling Class’ Revenge Against Julian Assange

“The whole process has really been a mockery of the rule of law. Julian is not a U.S. citizen; WikiLeaks is not a U.S.-based publication.”

Ilhan Omar is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!

“And it isn’t just Ilhan they are going after. For too long, AIPAC has had a stranglehold on American foreign policy.”

Remembering Father Daniel Berrigan, a Prophet of Peace

Advice to parents, teachers, priests, ministers, et al: The young people will be different if you are different. They are moved by example, as I have been.