The Importance of Whistleblowers and Independent Journalists in Free Society- Kevin Gosztola and Sam Husseini

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The Importance of Whistleblowers and Independent Journalists in Free Society- Kevin Gosztola and Sam Husseini

Kevin Gosztola returns to the program to explain the latest developments in the Julian Assange extradition case. Although Assange remains in a UK prison, there have been political developments elsewhere in the world that may influence the outcome of the case, including in Assange’s home country, Australia. He and Mickey also address the Twitter Files and note key differences between how these are being handled. Gosztola then reminds listeners of some of the documents Assange brought to light via WikiLeaks over the years and what his prosecution means for free press principles.

Later in the show, independent journalist Sam Husseini speaks with Mickey about working to uncover the truth when both politicians and corporate media circumvent or suppress it. Husseini notes an unwillingness among reporters to ask tough but important questions about major topics. Among the examples he cites include the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the nuclear weapon ban treaty from a Trump/Putin press conference in Helsinki, and the possible origin of the coronavirus in a Wuhan lab. He notes how these and other pertinent questions are either not asked, or become distorted into a Trump-vs-Democrats type of argument that is then often dismissed.


Kevin Gosztola is the managing editor of Shadowproof. He has covered the Julian Assange legal proceedings in the UK from its beginning, as well as other press-freedom and whistleblower cases. His new book on the Assange case, Guilty of Journalism, will soon be available in bookstores. Gosztola also curates the newsletter for The Dissenter and co-hosts the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast.

Sam Husseini is an independent journalist whose work can be found at He has also worked at the Institute for Public Accuracy, the media watch group FAIR, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and been published in The Nation, Counterpunch, and elsewhere.

Music-break Information:
1) “Glad / Freedom Rider” by Traffic
2) “Blowin’ In The Wind” by Neil Young
3) “Abacab” by Genesis

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