Category Media Advocacy

Chris Hedges | RT America Torched in Witch Hunt ’17

The ruling elites are desperately trying to shift the focus away from the cause of the political insurgencies on the left and the right: extreme social inequality.


Glenn Greenwald: Talking to James Risen about “Pay Any Price,” the War on Terror, and Press Freedoms

 Fear is hard to question. It is central to the financial well-being of countless federal bureaucrats, contractors, subcontractors, consultants, analysts, and pundits. Fear generates funds. Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  November 25, 2014 James Risen, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for exposing the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program, has long been one of the nation’s […]

Truthout: Journalists Silenced as Killers Walk Free

United Nations – A new report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) shows that nine out of 10 cases of journalist killings go unpunished. By Lyndal Rowlands  Inter Press Service | Report  10 November 2014 The report found that between 2004 and 2013, 370 journalists were murdered “in direct retaliation for their work” and that […]

Emergency alert: The future of the Internet will be decided in the next few weeks.

  Internet cell phone protest in Hungary. Source: András Hajdú of We’ve made a lot of progress in ensuring net neutrality, but now the FCC is going in the wrong direction. We still have time set them back on track, but we need you to act now. Take two immediate steps:  November 2, 2014 Take […]

Bloggers To Receive Same Freedom of Speech Protection As Journalists, Court Rules

Reuters  |  By Dan Levine  Posted: 01/17/2014 2:50 pm EST  |  Updated: 01/17/2014 4:50 pm EST  HuffingtonPost SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A blogger is entitled to the same free speech protections as a traditional journalist and cannot be liable for defamation unless she acted negligently, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.Crystal Cox lost a defamation trial in […]

William Rivers Pitt | Tonight, I Raise a Glass

WILLIAM RIVERS PITT FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Tuesday, 31 December 2013 17:52 Tonight, I raise a glass to many upon many, and to many more again. I raise a glass to those who ran to the sound and the smoke and the screams and the blood on Boylston Street in Boston, to do what […]

Glenn Greenwald: Committee to Protect Journalists issues scathing report on Obama administration

Obama’s anti-press measures ‘are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration’ UPDATE Edward Snowden was awarded this year’s Sam Adams Whistleblower Award, and several of his fellow heroic whistleblowers – including Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack and Coleen Rowley – traveled to Moscow to present it to him. An excellent photo of that event is here. […]

Glenn Greenwald> This Week in Press Freedoms and Privacy Rights

The travesty calling itself “the Bradley Manning court-martial”, the kangaroo tribunal calling itself “the FISA court”, and the emptiness of what the Obama DOJ calls “your constitutional rights”. By Glenn Greenwald.  Published on Saturday, July 20, 2013 by the Guardian/UK. A military judge this week refused to dismiss the most serious charge against Bradley Manning. (Patrick Semansky/AP) I’m […]

The Media Fix> Recommended: “The Criminal NSA”

Read these three things.    The Criminal NSA Jennifer Stisa Granick and Christopher Jon Sprigman, New York Times    This Plan to End Government Spying Has Grown So Big It Might Actually Work Julie Bort, Business Insider    Acts of Journalism and the Espionage Act Josh Stearns, BoingBoing Want a little more? NSA Spying Scandal […]

Opaqueness To Trump Transparency? Group Asks Why Manning Trial Lacks Stenographer

The Freedom of the Press Foundation launched a crowd-funded campaign on its website yesterday to raise money to pay for a court stenographer to transcribe whistleblower U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial. By Katie Rucke | May 13, 2013 Activist groups are hoping to raise funds to hire a court stenographer for Bradley Mannings trial; government authorities refuse to […]

Tell your local media: Break the Silence on Bradley Manning


Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange

Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange Posted on Jun 22, 2012 Outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, an Assange supporter makes a sign that reads: “Ecuador: Country of Freedom” Few people have so fully devoted their lives to exposing abuses of power as WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange. As the newsstands, Internet columns and blogs have […]

Leonard Downie Jr.> Forty years after Watergate, investigative journalism is at risk

Forty years after Watergate, investigative journalism is at risk View Photo Gallery — Watergate scandal key players: Here are the most important figures from the biggest political scandal in American history. By Leonard Downie Jr., Published: June 7     Washington Post Investigative reporting in America did not begin with Watergate. But it became entrenched in American journalism — and has […]

Josh Stearns> Media Making as Participatory Democracy: Port Huron to OWS

 OCCUPY WALL STREET Media Making as Participatory Democracy: Port Huron to OWS One of the most important characteristics of the Occupy movement is the expanding universe of media makers –citizen journalists, livestreamers, artists and others. AlterNet / By Josh Stearns    May 10, 2012  | Photo Credit: OakFoSho  “If we appear to seek the unattainable, it has been said, then […]

People’s Blog for the Constitution » DOJ goes after Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir for role in WikiLeaks video

DOJ goes after Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir for role in WikiLeaks video Lindsey Needham   January 29, 2012    BORDC Birgitta Jónsdóttir, member of Iceland’s parliament since 2009, is being targeted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for her role in producing Collateral Murder with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The controversial video shows footage, reportedly […]

Crashing the Gates: How a Handful of Progressive Activists Brought Liberal Talk-Radio Back to the Nation’s Capitol

Crashing the Gates: How a Handful of Progressive Activists Brought Liberal Talk-Radio Back to the Nation’s Capitol By Joshua Holland   February 4, 2012   AlterNet  DC is the most liberal region of the country, but until now all the talk on the radio dial skewed right.  The District of Columbia, Gallup tells us, is the most progressive region […]

Occupy Wall Street> NYPD attempt media blackout at Zuccotti Park | World news |

Occupy Wall Street: NYPD attempt media blackout at Zuccotti Park Journalists report aggressive treatment as media blocked from protest camp during surprise police raid Dominic Rushe in New York, Tuesday 15 November 2011 11.25 EST Zuccotti Park after a police raid early Tuesday morning. Photograph: MANTEL/SIPA / Rex Features New York police attempted to […]

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, WikiLeaked at the State Department

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, WikiLeaked at the State Department Posted by Peter Van Buren at 9:37am, September 27, 2011   TomDispatch It’s hardly a secret at this late date that, while the Obama administration arrived in office promoting “a new standard of openness” in government, in practice it’s cast not sunshine, but a penumbra of gloom over the […]

Controversy and Confusion Over the Latest WikiLeaks Revelations: 8 Things You Really Need to Know

Controversy and Confusion Over the Latest WikiLeaks Revelations: 8 Things You Really Need to Know Editorial Commentary:  Noam Chomsky wrote the reason why WikiLeaks is so important:          Suppression of one’s own crimes is virtually ubiquitous among powerful states, at least those that are not defeated. — in 9/11 – was there an […]

Anonymous, LulzSec: ‘Your threats to arrest us are meaningless’

Anonymous, LulzSec: ‘Your threats to arrest us are meaningless’ By Hayley Tsukayama Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 07/21/2011     Washington Post Blog The logo of LulzSecAnonymous and LulzSec released a joint statement responding to the FBI on Thursday morning, defending their practices and insisting that their hacks will effect social change. The groups said that […]