Prominent US journalist resigns over censorship charges

Posted by News Express | 27 October 2020 | 551 times

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Prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald has resigned from his post at The Intercept, the publication he co-founded in 2013.

Greenwald claims an article he wrote, which raised questions about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s international business dealings, was censored by Intercept editors.

“The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression,” he wrote in his resignation letter published on his Substack site.

Greenwald has published the article at issue on his personal website.

The Pulitzer Prize winner shot to fame in 2013 when he was part of a team of journalists who published classified documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposing the U.S. intelligence community’s global electronic surveillance efforts, which included collecting information on Americans.

In his letter, he said the media has changed since 2013.

“Modern media outlets do not air dissent; they quash it,” he wrote.

Because his article mentioned “recently revealed emails and witness testimony” about Biden’s conduct, wrote Greenwald, The Intercept editors moved to prevent its publication unless those references were removed. He said they also tried to prevent him from publishing his article elsewhere.

Greenwald is referring to emails published in the New York Post, which the paper claims show evidence of influence peddling by Biden and his son, Hunter.

The witness testimony he refers to is about former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski, who claims Joe Biden was deeply involved in his son’s business dealings in China and lied about it. Bobulinski says he has been interviewed by the FBI about his allegations.

Joe Biden has dismissed both allegations.

According to Washington Post reporter Eric Wemple, Intercept Editor in Chief Betsy Reed said Greeenwald’s resignation stemmed from a "fundamental disagreement over the role of editors in the production of journalism and the nature of censorship." (VOA)




Source: News Express

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