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May 1, 2024

DRAD Statement: As a free speech organization, we condemn campus crackdowns

Defending Rights & Dissent condemns the crackdown taking place across campuses in the United States. Across the country, we have seen protests calling for a ceasefire and end to Israel’s brutal war in Gaza. Increasingly, many of  these protests have
April 23, 2024

Letter to Columbia President Minouche Shafik: Political expression concerns on campus

Here’s our letter: April 22, 2024 Dear President Shafik, Defending Rights & Dissent is a national civil liberties organization dedicated to protecting the right of political expression. We are deeply concerned about recent actions you have taken that jeopardize the
April 12, 2024

Statement: House Votes to Expand Warrantless Surveillance

Today, the House betrayed the American people and US Constitution by voting to allow the FBI to continue violating a fundamental tenet of US law: that searches require a warrant. Today’s vote extends unconstitutional surveillance and represents the largest expansion
April 12, 2024

“There’s many ways to assassinate a journalist”: Journalists reflect on Assange’s fifth year in Belmarsh Prison

On April 11, 2024, DRAD Policy Director Chip Gibbons joined Stefania Maurizi, Abby Martin, and Chris Hedges to mark five years of Julian Assange’s detention in Belmarsh Prison in the UK. On the grim anniversary, the panel of journalists reflected
March 27, 2024

Defending Rights & Dissent joins rapid-response panel following UK Assange decision

On March 26, 2024, less than 12 hours after the UK High Court’s decision, Defending Rights & Dissent Policy Director Chip Gibbons joined an expert panel to deliver rapid-response analysis. The panel featured Chip alongside other First Amendment and human
March 26, 2024

Defending Rights & Dissent Statement on UK High Court Ruling Granting Assange Partial Appeal Rights

On Tuesday March 26, 2024, the United Kingdom High Court of Justice granted Julian Assange a partial right to appeal his extradition to the US. For nearly five years, the United States has been seeking the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition to
March 21, 2024

Protest Under Fire: Spring 2024 Edition

Protest is the voice of the people.  It’s a powerful tool to force confrontation and shake up the status quo. From writing letters to protesting in the streets, from occupations to boycotts, our democracy demands that people have the freedom
March 20, 2024

TikTok Bans Deny First Amendment Right to Receive Information

On March 13, 2024, the US House of Representatives voted 352 to 65, in favor of the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act. The bill prohibits the distribution of or providing web hosting services that enable the distribution
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