Whistleblowers

August 29, 2018

Take Action: Tell Trump to Pardon Reality Winner

Last week, whistleblower Reality Winner was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months in prison, plus 3 years of supervised release. Her crime was releasing one 5 page document about alleged Russian hacking and attempts to spearfish U.S. election officials.
January 8, 2018

Victory for Journalists, Whistleblowers, and Activists As Key Provisions of Ag-Gag Law Found to Be Unconstitutional

In a victory for journalists, whistleblowers, and activists, on January 4, 2018 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down key provisions of Idaho's ag-gag as unconstitutional. Defending Rights & Dissent has long asserted ag-gag laws are unconstitutional.
November 29, 2017

Going After the Espionage Act

Reality Winner is accused of leaking a 5-page document about Russian attempts to hack the election. She is being charged under the Espionage Act, her lawyers are challenging that, and if they are successful, they may prevent the government from using the act to go after future whistleblowers.
July 27, 2017
"Stand with Reality" banner in front of dept.l of justice

16,000 People Stand With Reality

Advocates for whistleblower protections, free expression, and government transparency celebrated Whistleblower Appreciation Day on July 27, by Standing With Reality. We delivered 16,000 signatures to the Department of Justice demanding that the charges against Reality Winner be dropped (you can still
July 26, 2017
Reality Winner photo

How Will YOU Celebrate Whistleblower Appreciation Day?

To celebrate Whistleblower Appreciation Day on, we’ll deliver thousands of signatures to the Department of Justice tomorrow (July 27) in support of the latest person to be charged with espionage for allegedly sharing important information with the American people. Add your name
July 10, 2017
Reality Winner photo

Stand With Reality

Defending Rights & Dissent has joined with a coalition of other organizations to launch StandWithReality.org to raise funds for her defense, educate the public about her case, and advocate for the charges to be dropped.
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