Trevor Timm: How free is our freedom of the press?
Trevor Timm is the co-founder and executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability. Full bio
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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
Edward Snowden's name,
he famously exposed
the phone calls of Americans.
US intelligence operation
handed over blueprints
of a US government investigation
that he testify
for the US government's recent pattern
and spying on journalists.
secret information in the public interest.
if the media can't also gather that news
of the brave men and women
have done before him:
of going to federal prison.
when a curious thing happened.
it was vital to their case,
to Risen altogether.
of electronic surveillance,
reporters and sources can hide.
to have Risen testify,
testify against him instead.
and without his consent,
his financial and banking information,
of flights he had taken.
they used to convict Jeffrey Sterling,
and CIA whistleblower.
to protect whistleblowers,
has prosecuted more
could be a problem,
considers so much of what it does secret.
story about national security
coming to a journalist.
unable to do their job
is supposed to protect
expanded ability to spy on everyone.
even better than before.
they begin speaking with them,
after the fact.
when Risen was writing his book,
than regular emails or phone calls.
Internet luminary Aaron Swartz,
at the non-profit where I work,
or send information
on any other contact form.
and stored on a server
has access to.
secretly demand the information,
they would demand
only a small part of the puzzle
in the 21st century.
all over the world
new spying techniques
to make sure
the tech-savvy whistleblowers,
an avenue for exposing wrongdoing.
next veteran's health care whistleblower
about Flint's dirty water,
to help the brave men and women
all of our rights under the Constitution.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERTrevor Timm - Writer, activist and legal analyst
Trevor Timm is the co-founder and executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability.
Why you should listen
Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a journalist, activist, and lawyer who writes a twice weekly column for The Guardian on privacy, free speech, and national security. He has contributed to The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Harvard Law and Policy Review, PBS MediaShift and Politico.
Trevor formerly worked as an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, he helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times, James Goodale, write a book on the Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment. He received his J.D. from New York Law School.
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