Defamed, detained, dead journalists. Everywhere.

Arrested Turkish TV chief writes an open letter from his jail cell | Media | The Guardian

Any journalist who uncovers the dirty laundry of senior government officials is immediately labeled a traitor and subjected to character assassination, harassment, persecution and even prosecution under trumped-up charges with no evidence at all.

via Arrested Turkish TV chief writes an open letter from his jail cell | Media | The Guardian.

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Hidayet Karaca’s words are applicable to journalists wherever corruption has deciminated the rule of law. The public is the last to know … which is the entire point of defaming, detaining and killing legitimate journalists.

American journalist Barrett Brown released this official statement after his federal sentencing:

“Good news! — The U.S. government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex. For the next 35 months, I’ll be provided with free food, clothes, and housing as I seek to expose wrongdoing by Bureau of Prisons officials and staff and otherwise report on news and culture in the world’s greatest prison system. I want to thank the Department of Justice for having put so much time and energy into advocating on my behalf; rather than holding a grudge against me for the two years of work I put into in bringing attention to a DOJ-linked campaign to harass and discredit journalists like Glenn Greenwald, the agency instead labored tirelessly to ensure that I received this very prestigious assignment. — Wish me luck!”

Of course, legitimate activists and whistleblowers can expect the same treatment as legitimate journalists. Everywhere.

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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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