journalism under fire

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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump,

Michael Jackson is Not Guilty. Call for FBI investigation of “Leaving Neverland”

The recent abomination of a documentary titled "Leaving Neverland" was released and aired to the public. Oprah Winfrey’s “After Neverland” interview aired directly after coinciding with the film. This defamation and attack on Michael Jackson's legacy and Estate at the hands of Wade Robson, James Safechuck, Dan Reed, and Oprah Winfrey must be stopped. Wade had filed two cases against Michael's estate. They were dropped. They also testified under oath that Jackson never harmed them. They are now both purgerer’s. This film is a direct attempt to gain money from Jacksons Estate. Stop Wade, James, and all participants from defaming Michael Jackson with these disturbing false allegations. This film grotesquely details the alleged accounts of molestation by the hands of Michael Jackson. To add insult to injury Wade makes a few racially motivated statements one in reference to michaels hair texture. Wade claims that while Michael allegedly was giving him oral sex that he also made wade touch his hair. And wade recalled clearly “I remember that it felt like a Brillo pad” Hmmmm ? This is a curious statement since we know Michael wore a wig which was most likely of Caucasian origin? And would not feel remotely close to what wade described. This statement had strong racial connotations behind it. While on the Oprah Winfrey special. Wade interjects her towards the end of the interview. wade insists on adding another statement. He seems eager to get this off his chest. He then makes this outlandish remark. He claims once Michael curled up and cried because he was lonely and sad. Wade said “he feared that Michael would transform into the thriller werewolf !”  Again this is completely outrageous and an attempt to make Michael appear to be a monster. A monster of one of his own artistic creations at that. Are we seriously supposed to take any of wade and James accusations seriously? If you have seen the documentary and interview, then you would have noticed the bizarre admiration everyone had for Michael even though they are claiming Michael brutally abused them for years. This is not the behavior of a victim of sexual abuse. This is not the behavior of a normal mother whose child was brutally raped right under their eyes allegedly.This is the behavior of liars and money seekers.    As Michael's innocence was proven by a court of law and a 10 year FBI investigation, this is legally considered defamation of character. Slander towards the legacy of Michael and the Estate of Michael Jackson. This is entrusted to his children and therefore violating the entire families civil rights. We are calling for a federal investigation of Wade Robson, James safechuck, Oprah and all participants of the documentary. Enough is enough Michael Jackson’s fans are at the point of rioting and while i do not agree and I believe Michael would not approve, either would his family. This is the result of years of humiliating lies in order to gain jacksons millions. In life Michael went to his trials with dignity and pride. He treated everyone with respect. He was not handed the same respect by the general public as he was viewed by millions of misled Americans as a pedophile and a monster at the hands of false media and tabloid trash. How much more can the fans and public endure with one of the biggest icons to ever shape American culture being dragged through the mud. Our media has destroyed countless lives. Michael is dead because of the defamation.  We cannot as fans and descents human beings to allow this to continue anymore. This film is a grandiose attempt to kill him again by attempting to wipe his entire legacy and existence. If the FBI could devote ten years towards investigating Michael Jackson finding no evidence of pedophilia, they can devote the short time it will take to investigate Wade Robson, James Safechuck, dan reed, and oprah. Expose these liars with a thorough federal investigation of the same precedence Michael endured.

Patty Lucas and Danielle Stull .
9,631 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to President of the United States

Release Imprisoned Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky

Who is Kirill Vyshinsky? Kirill Vyshinsky, a Ukrainian-Russian journalist, has been imprisoned in Ukraine for over 380 days, on unfound charges of ‘treason,’ which human rights groups are calling, politically motivated, and faces up to 15 years in prison.  Kirill’s detainment has drawn condemnation from authorities and human rights activists within Ukraine and from international organizations including Reporters without Borders, and the Council of Europe, labelling Kirill’s arrest as a ‘gross abuse of democratic norms’. “I hope that Kirill Vyshinsky’s pre-trial detention will not be further extended and will therefore end on 4 November 2018,” Harlem Désir of the OSCE (Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe) said. “I call on the Ukrainian authorities to expedite the investigation on the serious charges brought against Vyshinsky, and to conduct such an investigation in full compliance with the principles of rule of law, necessity and proportionality.” On May 15, 2018, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) carried out a massive operation against journalists, having forcefully searched the Ukrainian-based RIA Novosti’s central office in Kiev, including its correspondents’ homes, and arrest of it’s editor-in-chief, Kirill Vyshinsky. On July 11, the court in Kherson, Ukraine extended Kirill’s imprisonment by 60 days without bail, and is currently being held captive, as his health is rapidly deteriorating.  As of November 1, the Kherson city court has extended the arrest of Kirill until December 28, without a legitimate trial and without right to bail. Since his arrest in May, Kirill’s case has stalled and Ukrainian prosecutors continue to ignore calls to free him from detention. Why Kirill's Case Is Important: Kirill’s arrest has been part of a disturbing trend of silencing journalists who are either critical of their government’s actions, or unearthing deep-rooted corruption among state officials.  The latest victims of such barbaric treatment have been the rape and murder of Bulgarian journalist Victoria Marinova, who at the time was investigating EU corruption, and more recently, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose body was allegedly mutilated after being murdered by Saudi agents in Istanbul - both cases have been receiving unprecedented international attention. These acts cannot be ignored, and the world is taking notice, that such behavior towards journalists will not be tolerated. What kind of a world would we be living in if state officials find it acceptable to label journalistic work as treasonous? Or will the US stand idly by as its allies deem free speech and truth to be treason? How many journalists are to be locked-up or even worse, killed, before democratic values are upheld? What You Can Do: We call on the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the US government to demand the Ukrainian authorities to release Kirill immediately and to end his illegal detention. At 100,000 signatures, this petition will get a response from the US government. Sign this petition and share it with your friends and colleagues, join the group, and demand your representative take action to defend the rule of law - and help return Kirill to his loved ones. The truth can never be silenced. The time to act is now. #TruthNotTreason

Vladimir Rodzianko
1,699 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Andy Harris

Tell Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) his comments about the press are unacceptable

On June 28th, Annapolis, MD became the scene of a mass shooting. Rather than a school, concert, or a church, spaces that we have wearily come to accept the “usual targets”, this time it was a newspaper office: The Capital Gazette (just known as “The Capital” to locals). The M.O. was still the same: a man with a history of violent harassment, a gun, and an imagined vendetta because of his bruised ego. Five people were coldly murdered that day while at work: Rebecca Smith, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, and Wendi Winters. ...And more would have been killed that day if not for the efforts of Wendi Winters, who valiantly charged at the gunman with only a trash can and recycling bin in hand.  She managed to temporarily distract the gunman from more potential victims in the office, saving lives at the cost of her own life. The idea for recognizing her amazing heroism by potentially nominating her for the Presidential Medal of Freedom was first suggested in a Capital Gazette editorial on July 10th; then within days was taken upon by Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2) to turn into an official nomination request letter to be sent to the President. The nomination letter was sent on July 16th with the rest of the Maryland Delegation’s signatures (Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, Reps Brown, Sarbanes, Cummings, Delaney, Hoyer, and Raskin)...Except for that of Representative Andy Harris (MD-1), who also happened to be the only Republican. An editorial in the Capital Gazette on summed it up the best:“If this letter to the president stands without Harris’ name affixed to the bottom, its chances of success are severely diminished because of the president’s view of our profession and his political opponents. We don’t think politics should be a part of this process. Winters’ actions deserve recognition from the White House. Harris should not only sign the letter but become a vocal advocate in convincing the president to make this award.” In between the time when the nomination letter was sent and we were waiting to hear any sort of statement from Rep. Harris explaining his lack of support, he statements that were clear that he cares little for the suffering of those at the Capital Gazette, the families of the victims, and the Annapolis communities that hold them dearly. When asked questions about his thoughts and feelings regarding Pres. Trump’s press conference following the Russia summit, Rep. Harris made statements about the press that were not only alarming and hostile, but were in especially poor taste considering they came only a few weeks after violent attack on a newspaper in the capital of his home state. He stated, “I disregard and discount anything that involves the mainstream press”, as well as accused the press of being purposefully “unfriendly” towards the President. Journalism is committed to presenting the facts to the people, not bending them to cater to the wishes of men who do not like what is said about them...Whether that be a politician or a gunman. There are reasons why Freedom of the Press is specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution as well as the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To quote the great American journalist (and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient) Edward R. Murrow, “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” To be an elected public figure (especially a Marylander) who denies the importance of that in the wake of such a tragedy is irresponsible and insulting to the memories of Rob, John, Gerald, Rebecca, and Wendi. However, it was not until July 18th that his spokeswoman Jacque Clark stated that Rep. Harris had sent “private communication to the White House” in official support of the effort; then went on to accuse the rest of the delegation not giving Rep. Harris “time to personally review” the facts and letter before signing it. The facts of Wendi’s actions and the nomination letter were known and clear-cut, it should not have taken extra time to deliberate signing. In fact, it is surprising that Rep. Harris, himself a Navy veteran, would not have rushed to support the heroism of a proud Navy daughter and mother, especially considering that he was the one who nominated one of her daughters for acceptance into the Naval Academy. One can only speculate as to why he would behave in this manner, whether is due to his clear dislike of the press or his political partisanism.  Regardless, it is disappointing, shameful, and he should be held accountable for his inexplicable and inexcusable words and actions. With this petition, we, the undersigned, request the following from Representative Andy Harris: 1. That he publicly recant and apologize to the Capital Gazette for his recent statements about the press. 2. Personally apologize to the family of Wendi Winters for his delay and lack of public support for her nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the rest of the Maryland Congressional Delegation It is our sincere hope that Rep. Harris will recognize the harm that he is causing by contributing to the current hostile atmosphere towards journalists, the press, and the First Amendment that can lead to attacks like the one on June 28th.  Furthermore, as we do our best to recover and continue on, we hope that Rep. Harris become a vocal supporter and bipartisan advocate for the recognition of Wendi Winters -- a woman who selflessly gave her life trying to protect her fellow journalists and our American right to Freedom of the Press.   Links for more information:

Levi Jones
1,079 supporters