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U.S. Points Out that Only Tyrants Treat Journalists As Terrorists … While Doing the Exact Same Thing
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Washington’s Blog 
November 4, 2013
The U.S. government is targeting whistleblowers in order to keep its hypocrisy secret … so that it cankeep on doing the opposite of what it tells other countries to do .
The government admits that journalists could be targeted with counter-terrorism laws  (and here ). For example, after Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and others sued the government to enjoin the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans – the judge asked the government attorneys 5 times whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then writing about bad guys. The government refused to promise  that journalists like Hedges won’t be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge
After the government’s spying on the Associated Press made it clear to everyone that the government is trying to put a chill journalism , the senior national-security correspondent for Newsweek tweeted :
Serious idea. Instead of calling it Obama’s war on whistleblowers, let’s just call it what it is: Obama’s war on journalism.
It’s Only Tyrannical When Others Do It
The U.S. State Department correctly noted  in April:
Some governments are too weak or unwilling to protect journalists and media outlets. Many others exploit or create criminal libel or defamation or blasphemy laws in their favor. They misuse terrorism laws to prosecute and imprison journalists. They pressure media outlets to shut down by causing crippling financial damage. They buy or nationalize media outlets to suppress different viewpoints. They filter or shut down access to the Internet. They detain and harass – and worse.
And the State Department rightly announced  last year:
We are deeply concerned about the Ethiopian government’s conviction of a number of journalists and opposition members under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. This practice raises serious questions and concerns about the intent of the law, and about the sanctity of Ethiopians’ constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of the press and freedom of expression.
The arrest of journalists has a chilling effect on the media and on the right to freedom of expression. We have made clear in our ongoing human rights dialogue with the Ethiopian government that freedom of expression and freedom of the media are fundamental elements of a democratic society.
As Secretary Clinton has said, “When a free media is under attack anywhere, all human rights are under attack everywhere. That is why the United States joins its global partners in calling for the release of all imprisoned journalists in every country across the globe and for the end to intimidation.”
Sounds great … maybe we should start with the U.S. and UK?
The ACLU’s Ben Wizner sums up  the American and British governments’ attitude towards journalists:
Relax, everyone. You’re not terrorists unless you try “to influence a government.” Just type what you’re told.
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URLs in this post:
 Washington’s Blog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/u-s-points-out-that-only-tyrants-treat-journalists-as-terrorists-then-does-it-itself.html
 keep on doing the opposite of what it tells other countries to do: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/the-real-reason-u-s-targets-whistleblowers.html
 like the British government: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/01/us-uk-nsa-idUSBRE9A013O20131101
 treating journalists as terrorists: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/veteran-new-york-times-reporter-this-is-most-closed-control-freak-administration-ive-ever-covered.html
 being criminalized: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/10/james-risen-prison-journalism-criminalised
 actually treated liketerrorism: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/09/in-america-journalists-are-considered-terrorists.html
 targeted with counter-terrorism laws: http://verdict.justia.com/2012/07/02/journalists-protesters-and-other-terrorist-threats
 here: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/316751-snowden-nsa-targeted-journalists-critical-of-government-after-911
 refused to promise: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/a_victory_for_all_of_us_20120518/
 the government is trying to put a chill journalism: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/the-bigger-story-behind-the-ap-spying-scandal.html
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/EliLake/status/336450435252625408
 investigated illegal Pentagon propaganda: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/pentagon-smears-usa-today-reporters-for-wait-for-it-investigating-illegal-pentagon-propaganda.html
 targeted for arrest: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/reporters-covering-occupy-wall-street-are-being-targeted-for-arrest-nationwide.html
 CIA officers: http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/cheney-libby-named-in-smear-bid/2007/01/26/1169788693645.html
 bloggers: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/us/politics/16cole.html?_r=3&src=tptw
 the Department of Justice told Bank of America: http://dailybail.com/home/how-attorney-general-eric-holder-colluded-with-bank-of-ameri.html
 this: http://www.salon.com/2011/02/15/hunton_williams_wikileaks_chamber/
 America: http://www.vice.com/read/the-us-government-wants-the-media-to-stop-covering-barrett-brown
 Yemen: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/25/yemeni_reporter_who_exposed_us_drone
 correctly noted: http://m.state.gov/md208648.htm
 announced: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/06/194146.htm
 sums up: https://twitter.com/benwizner/status/396648198866878464
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