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KQED Security Used To Coerce Speak-out on World Press Freedom Day For Assange & Mumia

by Labor Video Project
On World Press Freedom Day a rally speak-out was held in front of KQED TV and radio. The station bosses mobilized security to try to coerce and threaten the action.
On World Press Freedom day on May 3, 2023, a speak out and rally was held at KQED in San Francisco to call on KQED, NPR and PBS to support the freedom of journalists Julian Assange and Mumia Abu-Jamal. Both are union journalists and Mumia Abu-Jamal was a CWA NABET report on the Philadelphia public radio station.

KQED security harassed and tried to bully the rally participants and demanded that participants not use the benches in front of the station as well has having signs on the public station's "property". They mobilized 6 security people to threaten the event but were unsuccessful.

KQED, NPR and PBS refuse to defend Julian Assange and Mumia despite their proclamations that they support freedom of the press. Assange has been imprisoned for exposing the crimes of the US in Iraq and the political corruption in the US through Wikileaks. He is being prosecuted for espionage although he is not a citizen of the US. Mumia Abu-Jamal has been in prison for over 40 years for a murder where evidence was hidden by the DA and police. As a CWA NABET public radio journalist in Philadelphia he also exposed the murders and corruption of the notorious racist corrupt police killers in Philadelphia. He also had a commentary show on NPR but was removed after pressure on NPR by the police.

Speakers also reported on the attack on journalists throughout the world. The participants reported that the previous week the KQED CEO Michael Isip had eliminated KQED Newsroom, the only TV news program on the station. According to an email Isip sent out the closure was because of low ratings. While the station has money for a large security force they can't fund Newroom.

The speakers called for the continued production of the program and efforts to stop the lay offs of 5 workers who are members of CWA NABET. The budget of KQED last year was nearly $37 million yet the station is unable to maintain a TV news program. While they have millions for cooking ,golf and business and other corporate sponsored shows but the bosses at KQED apparently can't afford a one hour weekly TV news show?

Labor musicians Mike Stout from Pittsburgh and Pat Fahey sang out for the freedom of Julian and Mumia.

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Journalists Speak Up For Assange
SF Trade Unionists & SFLC Delegates Speak Out On The Case Of Julian Assange
SF Protest At KQED On Mumia To Stop Censorship & To For Truthful Programming
ILWU Local 10 Press Conference On 2/16/23 Bay Area Port Shutdown & Rally To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Community & Labor Speak Out & Rally To Demand The Freedom Of Mumia In San Francisco
Mumia Abu-Jamal On Pacifica With Noelle Hanrahan
KQED censorship of Mumia Abu-Jamal in new documentary ‘Philly D.A.’
Letter To KQED

Production of Labor Video Project
§KQED How About Defending Journalists?
by Labor Video Project
KQED, PBS and NPR refuse to defend Julian Assange and Mumia Abu-Jamal while helping cover up the war crimes US government officials. Also Mumia Abu-jamal was a public radio journalist in Philadelphia and member of CWA NABET and they refused to defend him against the frame-up
§Participants in Front Of KQED Demand Justice For Journalists
by Labor Video Project
The rally on World Press Freedom day was ignored by all of Northern California main stream media including not only KQED but KPFA management.
§Labor Musicians Perform In Front Of KQED For Mumia & Assange
by Labor Video Project
Labor musicians Mike Stout from Pittsburgh and Pat Fahey performed for the event. Activist Carol Seligman who was on the bench was told by security to get off it because It was "private property"
by Labor Video Project
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