Dissent NewsWire

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
February 27, 2024

Statement on the CFAA Indictment of Journalist Tim Burke

On February 22, 2024, the Department of Justice unsealed the indictment of journalist Timothy Burke under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The indictment, which concerns Burke’s access to Fox News unaired segments and sports news, wields the CFAA
February 23, 2024

DRAD Policy Director, Chip Gibbons, Speaks at London Assange Protest

On February 20th and 21st, 2024, thousands of people showed up to protest outside the high court in London where Julian Assange is fighting extradition to the US where he faces espionage charges. He could be weeks away from being
February 16, 2024

We stopped FISA 702 for now… But it’s a wild story how we got here

Defending Rights & Dissent has called on our supporters and grassroots activists repeatedly over the past few months to call on Congress to rein in mass surveillance. Your advocacy made a huge difference! Together, we’ve fended off attempts to extend
February 12, 2024

What the Vault 7 Source Sentence Means for Julian Assange and the Future of Press Freedom

In a dramatic move, convicted WikiLeaks source Joshua Schulte was sentenced to 33 years and four months in prison for giving to WikiLeaks CIA hacking tools dubbed “Vault 7.” His sentence caught many in the press freedom community off guard.
February 12, 2024

25 Orgs Tell GA Prosecutors: Anti-surveillance tools should not be evidence of criminal intent

In early motions in the Cop City RICO trial, it appears the prosecution is trying to argue that use of a “burner phone” is in itself evidence of criminal intent. Guardrails on government surveillance are central to our constitutional rights,
February 9, 2024

Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Espionage Act Double Standard, Calls for Reform of Antiquated and Unjust Law

On February 8, 2024 Special Counsel Robert K. Hur’s report into President Joseph Biden’s handling of classified documents was released. Although the special counsel found that Biden had willfully retained national defense information, he did not recommend charging the President.
January 30, 2024

Speaker Emertia Pelosi Calls for FBI Investigation of Ceasefire Protesters; DRAD sends letter

On January 28, 2024, Nancy Pelosi called on the FBI to investigate protesters calling for a ceasefire in Gaza for connections to Russia, saying “For them to call for a ceasefire is Mr. Putin’s message…I think some of these protesters
January 18, 2024

DC holds vigil for murdered Gazan journalists

On January 17, 2024, Defending Rights & Dissent held a vigil for the slain journalists in Gaza. The vigil was co-sponsored by Freedom of the Press Foundation and attended by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO). Although
January 12, 2024

Defending Rights & Dissent Unequivocally Condemns US Bombing of Yemen

Yesterday, the Biden Administration violated Article I of the United States Constitution and the War Powers Act by launching military action against targets in Yemen without Congressional approval. Although the War Powers Act allows for the President to use force