Causes: A Journalist-Agitator Facing Prison Over a Link
It’s now been almost a year since journalist and activist Barrett Brown’s was arrested—basically for doing his job.
Brown—whose reporting shed light on the too-cozy relationship between private security firms, lobbyists, and the US government—faces up to 105 years in prison. His biggest crime? Pasting a link, in a chat room, to leaked documents available on WikiLeaks – which is well within his First Amendment rights.
Now the court has issued a gag order forbidding him or his lawyers from talking about his case to the media—making all too clear their purpose from the beginning: to silence journalists. Demand the Justice Department preserve the First Amendment and drop their charges against Barrett Brown.
Brown did what all journalists do on a daily basis—shared a hyperlink to a set of documents readily available online. This case could criminalize completely normal and necessary journalistic practices and severely endanger the First Amendment.
His intrepid journalism helped shed light on a shadowy underworld of corporate espionage, and a meticulously engineered smear campaign against anti-corporate activists, defenders of WikiLeaks, and liberal journalists like Glenn Greenwald.
On the anniversary of Barrett Brown’s arrest, those of us who still believe in the power and importance of journalists and whistleblowers to check the (often abusive) power of our government MUST make our voices heard. Click here to sign in support of Barrett Brown, and join the fight against censorship and suppression.
Brown is merely the latest victim in the administration’s ongoing war against investigative journalism, whistleblowers, and those who would expose the unflattering, undemocratic, and often criminal activities of the US government and its corporate allies.
Demand Progress Team
Admin Comment: This is part of a meticulously orchestrated campaign to scare journalists into toeing the line – or else – on behalf of the Justice Department and the Obama administration; Shut up or we will destroy you. Brown is merely the latest victim in the administration’s ongoing war against investigative journalism, whistleblowers, and those who would expose the unflattering, undemocratic, and often criminal activities of the US government and its corporate allies.