FROM Abi Wright
Annual Report Documents 55 Journalists Killed in 2006 The war in Iraq and the rise of the Internet made the last year a bad one for journalists worldwide. Fifty-five were killed--some by assassination--and others are being held in prisons, including Guantánamo Bay. At a time when President Bush says he is spreading the values of democracy, the Committee to Protect Journalists has surveyed repression of the free media all over the world. Abi Wright, Communications Director for the Committee, says there's documentation of hundreds of cases in dozens of countries, including murders, assaults, imprisonments, censorship and legal harassment.
Thousands Mourn Death of Russian Journalist Thousands of people turned out in Moscow today for the funeral of Anna Politkovskaya , a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin and of Russia's war in Chechnya. The Russian journalist was shot to death in her Moscow apartment in what's being called a contract killing. President Vladimir Putin denounced her murder as "disgustingly cruel," but said her influence was "very minor." Who was she and why was her work important?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?