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The Real Threat to Press Freedom

Rejected submission by Anonymous Coward at 2019-03-13 13:14:47 from the he sure has balls dept.
Digital Liberty

While these are certainly all things worth getting angry about, even more outrageous are the incidents that have passed by with comparatively little mainstream notice or uproar.

Most recently, Chelsea Manning, the whisteblower who was imprisoned for seven years and tortured by the Obama administration for releasing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, is being re-imprisoned and held in contempt of court for refusing to testify in a grand jury appearance. (You can donate to her legal defense fund here). Manning cited her moral objections to the secrecy of grand juries, their historical use in going after activists for constitutionally protected speech, and that she’s already revealed everything she knew during her court martial.

Manning’s imprisonment is not in itself a direct assault on press freedoms. But the wider case she’s resisting is. []

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