LaborFest 2019: Press Freedoms & Whistleblowers | SF
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518 Valencia | 518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Saturday, July 20, 2019
2019 LaborFest | July 2-31
Journalists and whistleblowers are under attack, from Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning to freelance journalist Bryan Carmody in San Francisco. When the president of the United States calls journalists “scum” and encourages his supporters to verbally and physically threaten journalists, the right of all journalists to do their work is threatened.
The raid by the San Francisco police of Byran Carmody’s home and office in flagrant violation of the California Shield law is another example that press freedom is a local, national, and international issue.
This forum will look at the issue of who is a journalist and the right of journalists to do their work. Although Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been a member of the Australian MEEA’s Media section since 2007, and this is the trade union that represents Australia media workers, the media, however, continue to argue that he is not a journalist and does not deserve to be protected.
The use of a 1917 US espionage law to target Assange now opens the way to charge all journalists and newspapers that use material from whistleblowers. This is a basic challenge to our freedom and right to information.
Initial Speakers: Mickey Huff, Project Censored; Steve Zelter, KPFA WorkWeek Radio; Ann Garrison, Black Agenda KPFA
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