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Glenn Greenwald: Political columnist/commentator kicks off First Amendment Festival at CWU

Political columnist and New York Times bestselling author Glenn Greenwald, whose columns for Salon and The Guardian prompted Newsweek to name him one of the nation's top 10 opinion writers, will speak at CWU’s First Amendment Festival on May 6. His talk, titled: “Under Fire: The War on Terror’s War on the First Amendment,” will be at 4 p.m. in the SURC theater, and is free and open to the public.

“Day in and day out, he exposes how the ‘war on terror’ has eroded the bedrock principles our country was founded on – from Obama’s war on whistleblowers to the threat that drones hold for our rights to privacy and to due process,” said Cynthia Mitchell, festival chair and associate professor of journalism. 

“As a journalist and First Amendment advocate, I really appreciate how he advocates for the importance of a free and adversarial press, and how he never hesitates to call out the mainstream media when they act more like lapdogs than watchdogs. I really want to expose Central students to his insights. They need to hear what he has to say.”

Greenwald often appears on leading political news shows, including MSNBC, CNN, NPR and the The Colbert Report. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers. His latest, “With Liberty and Justice for Some,” exposes America's burgeoning two-tiered system of justice, which grants immunity to the political and financial elite while imprisoning the economically powerless.

Greenwald is the recipient of the first annual I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism and the 2010 Online Journalism Association Award for his investigative work on the arrest and oppressive detention of Bradley Manning.

In 2012, Greenwald co-founded and now serves on the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, along with famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, the actor John Cusack, the filmmaker Laura Poitras, and others. The Foundation is devoted to supporting independent journalists such as WikiLeaks that are under attack by the U.S. government and to helping fund transparency projects in general.

For more information contact Cynthia Mitchell, associate professor of journalism, at


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