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Josh Kitto is a senior at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and majors in journalism. We recently had a few drinks at a pub in Islington near the Guardian / Observer headquarters after the London premiere of Dirty Wars. We discussed freedom of information as a human right, a concept Josh ‘Kitten’ Kitto was very keen to discuss. Last night, independent journalist Jeremy Scahill intervened on Democracy Now! to explain the Obama administration’s “war on journalism”. But what is it exactly, and how does it play out? After debating that using journalists as targets of counter terrorism and playing the card of security trumping public interest was nothing new, and was, in fact, quite a repeated, cyclical pattern, especially in the UK, Josh and I continued the conversation over a 6 hours span. Here is the transcript.
(background: read our post on Freedom of information…
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