War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State

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War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State is a 66-minute documentary by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundation, released in 2013.[1]

Synopsis

War on Whistleblowers highlights recent cases where American government employees and contractors took to the media to expose fraud and abuse.[2][3] In all cases the whistleblowing was to the detriment of their professional and personal lives.[1][2][4][5] With President Obama's commitment to transparency and the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, there was hope that whistleblowers would finally have more protection and encouragement to speak up.[4][6] But according to the film, times have never been worse for national security whistleblowers.[7] The Obama administration attacked more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined.[5][8][9][10] According to Whistleblowers, journalists are also harassed for covering these stories.[5][11] War on Whistleblowers premiered in April 2013 in theaters and on DVD.

Interviewees

Journalists

Whistleblowers

Experts

Critical reception

War on Whistleblowers was reviewed in both the general and the progressive media.

The general media generally gave positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a "fresh" rating.[12] The Village Voice called it "Fast-moving and sleekly crafted…accessible without sacrificing nuance or intelligence.”[3] Booklist commented on the importance of the message [13] while Bloomberg noted the subject's timeliness.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: War on Whistleblowers' director Robert Greenwald". The Week. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Speaking Up, and Paying the Price : 'The War on Whistleblowers,' a Documentary". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  3. ^ a b Ernest Hardy (2013-04-19). "War on Whistleblowers Enunciates the Nation's Servility to Corporate Fat Cats - Page 1 - Movies - New York". Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  4. ^ a b "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State | Seven Days". 7dvt.com. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  5. ^ a b c "Robert Greenwald's 'War on Whistleblowers' Shows Importance of Preserving Press Freedom | The Dissenter". Dissenter.firedoglake.com. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  6. ^ Dana Liebelson. "New Film Explores Obama's War on Whistleblowers and the Free Press". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  7. ^ Rick Perlstein on June 20, 2013 - 5:27 PM ET (2013-06-20). "The War on Whistleblowers: On the Sin of Being Correct". The Nation. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  8. ^ "'War on Whistleblowers' Film Highlights Dangers of Crackdown | Politics News". Rolling Stone. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  9. ^ "Filmmaker Robert Greenwald on "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State"". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  10. ^ "OutFront Q&A: Documentarian Robert Greenwald on latest film "War on Whistleblowers" – Erin Burnett OutFront - - CNN.com Blogs". Outfront.blogs.cnn.com. 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  11. ^ "Robert Greenwald's Brave New Film by Kelley B. Vlahos - Antiwar.com". Original.antiwar.com. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  12. ^ "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  13. ^ "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State". Booklist Online. 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  14. ^ "DVDs coming out July 30 | Movie News & Reviews". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 

Further reading

  • Brown, David (15 April 2013). "INTERVIEW: War on Whistleblowers' director Robert Greenwald". The Week.
  • Calderone, Michael, and Sledge, Matt (16 April 2013). "Obama Whistleblower Prosecutions Lead To Chilling Effect On Press". The Huffington Post.
  • Devine, Ted (16 April 2013). "Obama's dangerously contradictory stance on whistleblowing". The Guardian.
  • Gosztola, Kevin (16 April 2013). "Robert Greenwald's 'War on Whistleblowers' Shows Importance of Preserving Press Freedom". Firedoglake.
  • Liebelson, Dana (10 April 2013). "New Film Explores Obama's War on Whistleblowers and the Free Press". Mother Jones.
  • Vanden Heuvel, Katrina (16 April 2013). "Don’t confuse truth-tellers with traitors". The Washington Post.
  • Wheeler, marcy (15 April 3013). "War on Whistleblowers: How the Obama Administration Destroyed Thomas Drake For Exposing Government Waste". Alternet.
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