SHARYL ATTKISSON: IF YOU CROSS OBAMA ADMIN THEY WILL TREAT YOU LIKE “ENEMIES OF THE STATE”

SHARYL ATTKISSON: IF YOU CROSS OBAMA ADMIN THEY WILL TREAT YOU LIKE “ENEMIES OF THE STATE”

Former CBS investigative correspondent testifies at the confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch

by REAL CLEAR POLITICS

SHARYL ATTKISSON: In 2013, Reporters Without Borders downgraded America’s standing in the global free press rankings, rating the Obama administration as worse than Bush’s. It matters not that when caught the government promises to dial back or that [FOX News’] James Rosen gets an apology. The message has already been received. If you cross this administration with perfectly accurate reporting they don’t like, you will be attacked and punished. You and your sources may be subjected to the kind of surveillance devised for enemies of the state.

For much of history, the United States has held itself out as a model of freedom, democracy, and open accountable government. Freedoms of expression and association are of course protected by the constitution. Today those freedoms are under assault due to government policies of secrecy, leak prevention, and officials contact with the media, combined with large scale surveillance programs. The nominee if confirmed should chart a new path and reject the damaging policies and practices that have been used by others in the past. If we aren’t grave enough to confront these concerns, it could do serious long-term damage to a supposedly free press. Thank you.

‘Saudi Arabia says ‘I am Charlie’ but it is not’: Charlie Hebdo cartoonist attacks hypocrisy of leaders who marched in name of free speech but censor their press

‘Saudi Arabia says ‘I am Charlie’ but it is not’: Charlie Hebdo cartoonist attacks hypocrisy of leaders who marched in name of free speech but censor their press 

  • Cartoonist Luz survived Charlie Hebdo massacre because he was late
  • In his on-camera interview he speaks at length about that day’s events
  • Describes how he saw his friends laying dead on the floor of their office
  • Also criticises leaders who march for free speech but censor their press