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January 24, 2023

We Mourn the Passing of Victor Navasky: Long-Time Board Member, Crusading Journalist, Historian of the McCarthy Era, Staunch Civil Libertarian

Defending Rights & Dissent mourns the passing of longtime board member Victor Navasky.  Victor was a pioneering journalist, editor, and publisher.   “Victor was a powerful voice on our Board of Directors for over 30 years. His deep knowledge and astute
January 23, 2023

The Killing of ‘Cop City’ Protester Tortuguita Terán is a Blow to Dissent

On January 18, state troopers shot and killed Tortuguita Terán, an environmental activist protesting forest destruction in DeKalb County, near Atlanta, GA. Defending Rights & Dissent is dismayed by this repression of dissent and condemns it in the strongest possible
January 19, 2023

Civil Society Groups Condemn the Prosecution of Haoyang Yu

Although the Biden Administration has put an end to the “China Initiative,” biased prosecutions against Chinese Americans haven’t stopped. Defending Rights & Dissent recently sent a letter expressing concern about the prosecution of Mr. Haoyang Yu to the US Attorney’s
January 11, 2023

Congressional Oversight Over Domestic Surveillance Is Needed, But It Must Be Serious, Not Partisan Score Settling

Yesterday, in a party-line vote, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution calling for the creation of a committee to study the “weaponization of the federal government.” Although the select committee will be housed within the Judiciary Committee, non-Judiciary
January 9, 2023

Guantánamo at 21: Upcoming vigils, rallies, and events to mark the anniversary

Wednesday, January 11th is the 21st anniversary of the opening of the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay. Across the country, local coalitions will host commemorations, and a national virtual event featuring Guantánamo survivors is also scheduled. Please join one of
December 22, 2022

Does the FBI Have Your Faceprint?

Is the FBI deploying facial recognition technology against peaceful protesters? Is it enabling state and local law enforcement to identify protesters using FBI biometric tools?   Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) want answers
December 12, 2022

It’s Time to Pass the PRESS Act!

Defending Rights & Dissent joined Freedom of the Press Foundation and a coalition of nearly 40 press freedom, civil liberties and other organizations urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to advance the PRESS Act to a vote before Congress adjourns.
December 8, 2022

Press freedom and civil liberties organizations call on the Biden administration to end Assange prosecution

“It is time for the Biden administration to break from the Trump administration’s decision to indict Assange – a move that was hostile to the media and democracy itself. Correcting the course is essential to protect journalists’ ability to report
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Today we joined @korematsu and 80+ orgs to endorse @RepMarkTakano @RepJillTokuda @maziehirono & @SenDuckworth’s legislation honoring Fred Korematsu for his activism against US incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Congress must recognize Korematsu’s legacy as a civil rights hero!

Public records laws are vital to journalism and allow the public to exercise accountability over their officials. The suppression of documents from the public record in Louisiana is troubling.

“If [prosecutors] are successful, protesters across the country could be facing similar speech-chilling ‘domestic terrorism’ charges. We must strongly reject this extreme level of repression… before it becomes the norm for activists in every movement.”

The US government must drop its prosecution of the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian #Assange because it is undermining press freedom, according to the media organisations that first helped him publish leaked diplomatic cables.


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