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Barrett Brown: American Journalist, Whistleblower & Prisoner


Barrett Brown: American Journalist, Whistleblower & Prisoner

“It’s good that they dropped it [most of the charges against Brown] but the precedent…without a court ruling on it they could go after someone else for doing something similar in the future,” says Hanni Fakhoury, staff attorney with the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Whether they will or not I’m not sure, I’m hopeful that they won’t.”

He continues: “The thought that if you report on something and post a link that involve documents you’re not really supposed to have, which is a big part of journalism, especially investigative journalism; if you think that you can potentially get charged, just the threat of getting charged is enough to chill that journalistic practice. It sends a real scary message to those people who do this for a living.”

Friday, April 4, 2014
Long Island Press

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