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March 9, 2020

Webinar: The Extradition of Julian Assange and the Future of Global Press Freedom

In a move that has major ramifications for global press freedom, the United States is seeking to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the UK to stand trial under the Espionage Act for the crime of publishing truthful information of public interest about US foreign policy. Join us on Wednesday, March 11 for a free webinar with Daniel Ellsberg and Kevin Gosztola.
January 17, 2020
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Transparency Groups Oppose Senate Plan to Restrict Press During Impeachment Trial

Defending Rights & Dissent joined with 17 other civil society organizations on a letter objecting to restrictions place on members of the media. The letter includes a brief history of Senate efforts to stymie transparency.   January 17, 2020 The
December 17, 2019

It’s Chelsea Manning’s Birthday, Demand Her Freedom Now!

Today is Chelsea Manning’s birthday. She is spending it yet again behind bars. We need you to demand her freedom now.
November 20, 2019
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Groups Question Use of DHS Discriminatory Border Screening Policy

In a letter to DHS, 40 civil society groups challenge intrusive social media screening known as extreme vetting. Defending Rights & Dissent joined the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Brennan Center for Justice, the Center for Democracy and Technology ( CDT), and 40 other civil society organizations, submitting a letter to
October 1, 2019

DRAD & Others Tell Dept. of Ed to Stop Bullying UNC-Duke Consortium for Middle East Studies

Defending Rights & Dissent (DRAD) joined with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and others to urge the US Department of Education to step away from the dangerous path it entered by ordering the Duke–UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to revise its offerings.
July 18, 2019
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Whistleblowers, Journalists, and Free Press Advocates Condemn Espionage Act Charges Against Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale

One hundred and seventy three individuals and 50 organizations have joined Defending Rights & Dissent, Roots Action, and the Whistleblower & Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at Expose Facts in condemning the Espionage Act charges against drone whistleblower Daniel Hale. Included among the signatories are other whistleblowers who have been victims of Espionage Act abuse, including Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake, John Kiriakiou, and Jeffrey Sterling.
July 17, 2019

New Jersey bill would stifle criticism of Israel on campuses

A recent bill introduced in New Jersey aims to treat criticism of Israel as anti-semtitism in public schools and colleges. The bill would codify a controversial definition of anti-Semitism that includes some criticims of Israel. While preventing discrimiantion, including anti-semetic
June 10, 2019

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act threatens press freedom

On Wednesday June 5, a panel was held titled “Conspiracy to Hack: the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Free Speech, and Data Journalism”. The panel discussed theFirst Amendment implications of theComputer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in light of the
May 17, 2019

CBP Admits to Targeting Journalists, Activists, After Civil Society Groups, Including Defending Rights & Dissent, Demanded Answers

After revelations that Customs and Border Patrol (CBB) had monitored journalists, human rights lawyers, and activists, Defending Rights & Dissent joined with a 100 civil society demanding answers. In a May 9, 2019 response letter, CBP admits for the first time to having engaged in this monitoring, though it defended its actions.
May 17, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent Appalled By Order to Jail, Fine Chelsea Manning

After only a week of freedom, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia hauled Chelsea Manning before another grand jury. They are now sending Chelsea Manning back to jail and are seeking to impose a draconian fine
April 11, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent’s Statement on the Indictment of Julian Assange

Earlier this morning, London police entered the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested Julian Assange. Press freedom, civil liberties, and human rights groups have long opposed the extradition of Assange to the US.
March 8, 2019

Statement on the US Government’s Latest Jailing of Chelsea Manning

Manning is a whistleblower, a truth teller, and a hero. Yet, for making the American people aware of crimes committed by their government in their name the US government has repeatedly persecuted her.
March 7, 2019

Two New DHS Domestic Spying Scandals Revealed

Both Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) are engaged in monitoring and tracking First Amendment protected activity.Monitoring of political speech is inherently chilling. It is also outside the jurisdiction of both ICE and CBP.
March 5, 2019

Chelsea Manning Resists

Supporters of Chelsea Manning braved a chilly morning to gather outside the US District Courthouse for the Eastern District of Virginia. Manning was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury, but has vowed to fight the subpoena
March 4, 2019

Statement on Chelsea Manning’s Grand Jury Subpoena

Defending Rights & Dissent stands with Chelsea Manning as she resists a grand jury subpoena. Last week, it was announced that a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia has subpoenaed Manning to appear before it. Manning has vowed to fight it, has obtained counsel, and has filed a motion to quash the subpoena.