4/12/19 Janine Jackson on Defending the Public’s Right to Know

by | Apr 13, 2019 | Interviews

Janine Jackson talks about Chelsea Mannings re-incarceration for her refusal to testify in Julian Assange’s Wikileaks case. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for her leaking of classified state department information, but had her sentence commuted by President Obama after seven years, still the longest sentence served by any whistleblower in America. Jackson lambasts the mainstream media for their failure to support Manning and Assange, since the real purpose of journalism should be to hold the powerful accountable, even if exposing their crimes sometimes involves publishing leaked information.

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Janine Jackson is the program director of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and the host and producer of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin. She has appeared on ABC’s Nightline and CNN Headline News, among other outlets, and has testified to the Senate Communications Subcommittee on budget reauthorization for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Follow her work at fair.org.

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