On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” we break down reform legislation that would help ensure the Espionage Act is no longer used against journalists. It would also expand protections for whistleblower disclosures.
The rights of members of the press that “solicit, obtain, or publish government secrets” would be protected from prosecution, if the bill was passed.
Later in the episode, Gosztola highlights an effort to challenge President Donald Trump’s apparent “enemies purge” of federal government employees.
Gosztola will be in London in May and June to cover a three-week extradition hearing for Assange. The case the United States has brought against him threatens global press freedom.
This week’s stories:
Chelsea Manning has been in jail for 359 days. She owes $250,000 in fines.
Julian Assange has been in jail for 331 days, since he was expelled from the Ecuador embassy in London.
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