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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
March 11, 2024

Despite Repression, Activists Continue to Shut Down Mountain Valley Pipeline

Copyright Truthout, 2024. Reprinted with permission. The link to the original article can be found here. Before dawn on March 4, 2024, a car painted with birch trees crept out onto a narrow dirt road granting Mountain Valley Pipeline construction
February 28, 2024

Urgent Congressional Briefing: Press Freedom & the Assange Prosecution

On February 26, 2024, Defending Rights & Dissent convened a historic–and urgent–briefing on Capitol Hill on press freedom and the prosecution of Julian Assange. The briefing featured Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, Jodie Ginsberg, the CEO of Committee
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