Government Spying is “Chilling” Writers’ Freedom of Expression (Project Censored #7)

By Shelby Meyers & Mickey Huff | * Project Censored

Charges Dropped in Student Laptop Spying CaseMass surveillance has “badly shaken writers’ faith that democratic governments will respect their rights to privacy and freedom of expression,” according to a January 2015 PEN America report based on the responses of 772 writers from fifty countries. Reporting for Common Dreams, Lauren McCauley covered not only the PEN America report, but also a July 2014 report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch indicating that US journalists and lawyers increasingly avoid work on potentially controversial topics due to fear of government spying.

McCauley’s January 2015 Common Dreams story quoted one of the conclusions from the PEN America report: “If writers avoid exploring topics for fear of possible retribution, the material available to readers—particularly those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today—may be greatly impoverished.”


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*Originally entitled: #7 Fear of Government Spying is “Chilling” Writers’ Freedom of Expression

Sources:

Lauren McCauley, “Fear of Government Spying ‘Chilling’ Writers’ Speech Worldwide,” Common Dreams, January 5, 2015, http://commondreams.org/news/2015/01/05/fear-government-spying-chilling-writers-speech-worldwide.

Lauren McCauley, “Government Surveillance Threatens Journalism, Law and Thus Democracy: Report,” Common Dreams, July 28, 2014, http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/28/government-surveillance-threatens-journalism-law-and-thus-democracy-report.

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  1. 10205736225381004@facebook.com' Dwayne Robbie says:

    When individuals live in fear of investigating/expressing truths, facts and even opinions…… they no longer live in a democratic society.

  2. 10153403514163073@facebook.com' Jonathan R. Thomas says:

    Fuck that, say what you want because it’s not about the safety of us individuals anymore. We need to SPEAK UP and let those in power know that WE ARE NOT AFRAID!! Stand up for what’s right or you’re a weak little fool and a coward. Some of the worst atrocities against mankind have happened through silent obedience. No more fear, no more tolerance for corrupt power, no more oppression.

  3. 10208035263862087@facebook.com' Terry Evans says:

    Writers more paranoid? How unusual.

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