Defending Rights & Dissent expresses deep concern about the Office of Special Counsel’s new Hatch Act guidelines. The new guidelines are overly broad and will having a chilling impact on speech.
Attempts to insulate the agricultural industry from public scrutiny by using “ag-gag” laws suffered another major blow. On October 29, 2018, a federal judge ruled found that Wyoming’s ag-gag laws were unconstitutional. Ag-gag laws in other states have suffered similar fates.
DRAD joined the Society of Professional Journalists today, along with 28 other journalism and press freedom organizations, to urge the Saudi Arabia ambassador to the U.S. to launch a full investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
FBI agent Terry Albury saw inherent racism in the FBI’s targeting of local communities of color, and sought to blow the whistle on that racism and the agency’s unethical use of paid informants. He will be sentenced under the Espionage Act next week.
Do you think it’s embarrassing that our country “allows” protests? As an organization that has defended the right to protest for nearly six decades we don’t think so. And I know you don’t think so either. But Donald Trump does.
Lead Prosecutor in Trump Inauguration Protest Trial Sanctioned for Due Process Violations Has Been Made Head of Her Department
DC jurors weren’t particularly impressed with Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff’s claims that attending a protest makes one part of a conspiracy, as they failed to convict any of the nearly 200 people arrested during an anti-Trump protest. And Chief Judge Robert Morin, was similarly unimpressed by Kerkhoff’s decision to withhold evidence from the defense and mislead the court about it, which is why he sanctioned the prosecution. Yet, someone at the US Attorney’s Office must have been impressed, as since her ignominious defeat Kerkhoff has been promoted.
For the second time this year, President Donald Trump has attempted to intimidate a book publisher by threatening legal action against it. We stand in solidarity against threats by the president and his administration that undermine our country’s commitment to freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Coalition Raises Alarm Over Attacks Against Journalists and Condemns White House for Restricting Press Access
“This administration’s unprecedented attacks on the media take aim at the heart of our democracy.”
We have been repeatedly subjected to a narrative in which foreign operatives have amplified “divisive issues,” such as Black Lives Matter or opposition to fracking in order to sow discord. Such a narrative delegitimizes domestic dissent.
We believe that whistleblowers who alert the public or the media to matters of public concern are heroes, not criminals. As such, we oppose the use of the Espionage Act in Winner’s case and would have opposed any criminal charges brought against the whistleblower.