The Project Censored Show on Pacifica Radio, I’m Mickey Huff in studio with Peter Phillips. Today we analyze the state of the free press and civil liberties in the US. We’ll kick things off with Sue Wilson, founder of the Media Action Center, about the private censorship of public airwaves and the FCC’s possible ruling deciding whether or not right wing radio is “bonafide” news; then legendary free press proponent and documentary filmmaker John Pilger joins us from London for commentary on the state of the free press as well as his latest film project; and we close out today’s show with Beau Hodai, author of the new study published by the Center for Media and Democracy, “Dissent or Terror: how the nation’s counter terrorism apparatus, in partnership with corporate America, turned on Occupy Wall Street.”
Sue Wilson is a media activist, director of Public Interest Pictures’ Broadcast Blues, and a 22 year veteran of broadcast journalism. Her numerous awards include Emmy, AP, RTNDA, and PRNDI for work at CBS, PBS, FOX, and NPR. She is the editor of the media criticism blog, Sue Wilson Reports and founder of the Media Action Center.
John Pilger is an award-winning fillmaker and journalist with 60 films. His recent film, The War You Don’t See, was censored by the liberal Lannan Foundation in the US, an irony of epic proportions given the film’s subject. His new film looks at the aboriginal population and prison rates in Austrailia. Pilger is an outspoken proponent of free press principles and longtime supporter of the public’s right to information.
Beau Hodai is the author of ‘Dissent or Terror: how the nation’s counter terrorism apparatus, in partnership with corporate America, turned on Occupy Wall Street.’ The report was published jointly by the Center for Media and Democracy and DBA Press. Hodai is a regular contributor to the Center for Media and Democracy and is publisher of DBA Press.