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AFTER SNOWDEN: JOURNALISTS FEEL THE CHILL

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Rosa Koire

Democrats Against UN Agenda 21

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THE RIGHT OF THE PUBLIC TO KNOW WHAT THE POLICIES OF ITS GOVERNMENT ARE, WITHOUT DANGER TO OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, HAS BEEN DESTROYED.
THIS IS UN AGENDA 21.  

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In late January, 2014, CSPAN aired a Columbia University School of Journalism panel discussion entitled Journalism After Snowden.  It was re-aired a couple of nights ago and I watched it, spellbound.  Notably, the panel included the editor in chief of The Guardian Newspaper (USA branch) Janine Gibson; the executive editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson; Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former head of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and Harvard Law professor who was recently appointed by the President to an NSA review panel.  
4854113The Guardian-USA was the first newspaper to be contacted by Snowden and broke the story.  Janine Gibson, editor in chief, stated that had the information been given to the Guardian in England it would never have reached the public.  The newspaper’s hard drives were destroyed under pressure from the British government.  If she had not collaborated with the New York Times, said Gibson, the information would have been lost.  
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson stated in as intense a way as possible that journalists are under threat of prosecution if they publish a story because THE GOVERNMENT HAS CHANGED THE RULES FOR A FREE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION.   In our free society a journalist had been willing to go to jail to protect the identity of a source.  This dedication to a free press has been a vital part of our republic.  More

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