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Resource ID: #509
Subject: 59
Source: 975Beatrice Edwards, Daniel Ellsberg, Linda Jue, Trevor Timm, Betty Medsger
Affiliation: Government Accountability Project (GAP), Freedom of the Press Foundation, G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism
Date: 2014



*Moderated by Linda Jue, G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism

The War on Terror has provided the raison d'etre for the massive build up of the surveillance state and the rise of other increasingly restrictive government and corporate measures that are now tripping alarm bells about threats to our civil liberties. Many of those bells were set off by whistleblowers who could no longer ignore their conscience, along with the journalists who were willing to listen to them. Hence we are seeing the most aggressive and destructive campaign waged against whistleblowers and journalists in presidential history. This campaign has destroyed lives, ruined families, exacted immeasurable psychological and physical costs, and ultimately resulted in the demonization of those willing to step forward. Journalists, in particular, face urgent questions about how to protect their sources and themselves, as well as whether they shouldn't more aggressively challenge this "other war."

Listen to the four prominent speakers discuss about the new, more dangerous threats to whistleblowers, why going through "official channels" hasn't worked, what journalists should and shouldn't do when working with whistleblowers, what countermeasures are being developed to protect whistleblowers and ensure that vital stories involving government and corporate secrecy and corruption see the light of day.

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