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Freedom of information threatened by abuse of Espionage ActFreedom of information threatened by abuse of Espionage Act

first_img Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the frequency with which the Obama administration has reacted to leaks by bringing prosecutions under the 1917 Espionage Act.Six whistleblowers have been prosecuted under this law since President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Previously, the Espionage Act had only been used three times in response to leaks: in 1973 (for the high-profile Pentagon Papers case during the Vietnam War), in 1985 and in 2005.These witchhunts violate the principles of the First Amendment by directly impacting on the work of journalists, who are suspected of endangering the country’s security when in fact they are just doing what their job requires them to do.“Today, President Obama said he did not believe journalists should be prosecuted for doing their job,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But there is still a complete contradiction between wanting to promote a federal shield law protecting the confidentiality of sources, which we fully support, and this conspiracy paranoia that makes the federal authorities spy on journalists in order to identify their sources.”Four of the six cases against whistleblowers were initiated in 2010, most notably against Private Bradley Manning. The most recent prosecution, initiated in 2012, resulted in former CIA officer John Kiriakou being sentenced to 30 months in prison on 25 January for revealing details about the methods used by the agency to interrogate terrorism suspects.“The U.S. public has a right to known how federal employees behave in situations in which respect for human rights is an issue,” Reporters Without Borders added.Just days after the reports about the seizure of Associated Press phone records, the Washington Post revealed on 20 May that Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent James Rosen had been investigated in an “espionage” case.The newspaper reported that the FBI obtained Rosen’s phone records, got access to his email and even extracted information about his movements from this State Department security badge in order to trace the source of a leak.Without being formally charged, Rosen was named as possible “co-conspirator” in a 2010 case against State Department security adviser Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, who is accused of leaking a classified report predicting that North Korea would respond to UN sanctions by testing a nuclear bomb. Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation center_img News Help by sharing this information to go further United StatesAmericas Follow the news on United States News May 22, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freedom of information threatened by abuse of Espionage Act NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas last_img read more

Audra McDonald to Make West End Debut in Lady DayAudra McDonald to Make West End Debut in Lady Day

first_imgMama Broadway will make her West End debut during her previously reported break from Shuffle Along! Audra McDonald is set to reprise her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill for a nine-week engagement at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Previews will begin on June 25 and the production will run through September 3; opening night is scheduled for July 5.McDonald won her history-making sixth Tony in 2014 for her portrayal of Holiday in the Broadway show. Directed by Lonny Price and written by Lanie Robertson, it examines one of the final performances of the jazz legend’s lifetime; an HBO special of the production will premiere on March 12.Since starring in Lady Day on Broadway, McDonald has kept extremely busy on and off stage. She appeared in Ricki and the Flash alongside Meryl Streep, filmed the live-action Beauty and the Beast (slated for a March 2017 release), starred opposite her husband Will Swenson in A Moon for the Misbegotten at Williamstown Theatre Festival and won an Emmy for hosting Live From Lincoln Center. She’ll also star (and have “fake rough sex” with Cheyenne Jackson) in the upcoming film adaptation of Hello Again.Shuffle Along is scheduled to begin previews on March 15 at the Music Box Theatre and officially open on April 28. McDonald will not appear in the production from June 20 through September 25; she will return on September 27. View Commentslast_img read more