Birkbeck Institute for Social Research
in collaboration with
Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and Media Reform Coalition
This unique event brings together a group of whistleblowers from the US national security state to address UK academics, activists and journalists. Panellists will discuss recent threats to independent journalism and whistleblowing on both sides of the Atlantic, placing developments in the context of massive surveillance and the on-going War on Terror.
Confirmed speakers include:
Katharine Gun is a former translator for the GCHQ who leaked a top secret memo in 2003 revealing NSA spying operations at the UN. Gun was subsequently charged under the Official Secrets Act but the case was dropped after the prosecution offered no evidence. Given the backdrop of impending war with Iraq at the time, Daniel Ellsberg called Gun's leak "the most important and courageous" he had ever seen.
It will be chaired by Dr Justin Schlosberg from the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck.
This event is free and open to all, but booking is essential - book your place here
This event was podcast - listen to the recording here