Before the Internet, freedom of press was not a widely used right. Until recently, elitists could contain certain news by simply placing a call to owners of mainstream media companies. Controlling news reports made it possible to largely control public opinion. That day is gone now that hundreds of thousands of individuals have made of themselves news reporters through video uploads, blogs, and independent news companies online. Some people use the Internet to release a single video depicting overuse of force by police, and others galvanize tens of thousands of people around a cause. Along with increased use has come increased attacks against the First Amendment rights that Americans have. In fact, an activist minister from Michigan has apparently become the first person in history to be banned from using the Internet - the Reverend Edward Pinkney.
1) the annual OCCUPY the PGA demonstration, protesting the sale of public lands for a golf course for elitists;
2) the boycott against Whirlpool products;
3) the protest against Benton Harbor Police Department for refusing to investigate the deaths of numerous black people, which are perceived by Rev. Pinkney and others as being unrequited racial murders; and
4) the recall of elected officials who Rev. Pinkney and others perceive as being in place to represent corporation interests rather than the people of Benton Harbor.
Tape No. 1: We spoke with Attorney Robin Yeamans regarding Rev. Pinkney's "unprecedented gag order." Listen by computer
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Tape No. 2: Dr. Jean Kennedy and Mary Neal discussed the GAG ORDER against Rev. Edward Pinkney, which is apparently an unprecedented assault on free speech. Listen at
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