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House Proceeding 05-04-09 on May 4th, 2009 :: 0:17:40 to 0:23:45
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Adam B. Schiff

0:17:37 to 0:17:59( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: ahead of wall street and it's time this congress paid attention to what is happening coast to coast. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. i ask unanimous consent to place in the record material from "the new york times" of this week. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. jones of north carolina.

Adam B. Schiff

0:17:40 to 0:23:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Adam B. Schiff

0:18:00 to 0:18:20( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: mr. defazio of oregon. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> request consent to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. schiff: madam speaker, sunday, may 3, was world press freedom day. three years ago in conjunction with world press freedom day congressman mike pence, senator

Adam B. Schiff

0:18:21 to 0:18:41( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: chris dodd, senator dick lugar and i established the congressional caucus for the freedom of the press. since this biparty, bicameral caucus sought to highlight the importance of free expreion around the world. the caucus is a form where members of congress can come together to combat and condemn media censorship and comperssution of journalists worldwide.

Adam B. Schiff

0:18:42 to 0:19:02( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: our caucus works to send a strong message that congress will defend democratic values and human rights wherever they are threatened. we have hosted panel discussion was press freedom experts, journalists, and victims of press freedom crimes, written to leaders of countries which jail journalists, impose sensorship, and allow harassment to tax and

Adam B. Schiff

0:19:03 to 0:19:23( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: threats to incur with impunity, we have spoken out here on the house floor and media to call for reforms in countries that seek to censor freedom of speech and expre. pens and i introduced the daniel pearl freedom of the press act. former "wall street journal" reporter daniel pearl who was

Adam B. Schiff

0:19:24 to 0:19:45( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in pack stage just four months after the september 11 attacks. this legislati annual state department reports on the status of press freedom in every country in the world and create a grant program aimed at broadening and strengthening the independence of the journalists and media organizations. our government must promote

Adam B. Schiff

0:19:46 to 0:20:07( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: freedom of the press by putting on center stage those countries in which journalists are killed, imprisoned, kidnapped, threatened, or censored and this bill will do just that. a free and independent media provide the nourishment for democracies to thrive and grow. citizens rely upon credible, accurate information from the media to make informed decisions and hold their leaders accountable.

Adam B. Schiff

0:20:08 to 0:20:28( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: information is power which is precisely why many governments attempt to control the press to suppress opposition and preempt dissent. far too often the repters and editors who demand reform, accountability, and transparency find themselves at risk. the censorship, intimidation, imprisonment, and murder of these journalists are not only crimes against these

Adam B. Schiff

0:20:29 to 0:20:49( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: individuals, but they also impact those who are denied access to their ideas and information. 2008, the committee to protect journalists reported that 41 journalists were killed in connection with their work. another 125 were falsely imprisoned for their reporting. and unfortunately, 2009 is shaping up to be a similarly

Adam B. Schiff

0:20:50 to 0:21:11( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: dangerous year having already seen 11 journalists murdered. for americans this should spur us to krt rule the journalists play in our society and ponder what our nation would be like if this cornerstone of our liberty would be curtailed. many americans take the concept of a free press for granted and don't realize an unfettered press is vital to america's

Adam B. Schiff

0:21:12 to 0:21:32( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: national security and to our dependent democracy here at home. but much of the world's population is not as fortunate as we are when it comes to access to independent news. recent national news accounts have lie lited american journalists being detained on trumped up charges in iran and north korea. however there are dozens of cases like these across the

Adam B. Schiff

0:21:33 to 0:21:53( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: globe that don't get attention. that's why each year as co-chairs of the caucus we host a special order hour to highlight countries whose abuses of press freedom are particularly egregious. in 2007 we focused on russia, profiling 18 journalists murdered in russia during the administration of put. last year we focused on china

Adam B. Schiff

0:21:54 to 0:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: and its incarceration of more journalists an any other country. later this month we'll host another special order hour where we focus on growing press freedom abuses in sri lanka. threats, attacks, imprisonment, and murder of journalists are becoming too common in sri lanka.

Adam B. Schiff

0:22:17 to 0:22:37( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: this is noteworthy as j.s. tasangiam a contributor and editor for online publicatis will stand trial wednesday and face a possible 20 years sentence if convicted. he's being prosecuted for allegely inciting communal his harmony related to articles written in 2006. in march he was arrested under

Adam B. Schiff

0:22:38 to 0:22:58( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: emergency regulations and held without abeous corpus for more than five months before being chard. his trial is set to resume may 6 but it is our hope that the government will drop these baseless charges and release j.s. before the trial resumes. so today, madam speaker, we recognize world press freedom day and call on nations like sri

Adam B. Schiff

0:22:59 to 0:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: lanka to stop the persecution of innocent journalists. we use this to pay tribute to journalists and reflect upon their role in advancing human rights. i thank all journalists around the world, especially those who work in harm's way, for doing all they do to foster democracy and promote freedom. your work does not go unrecognized and we appreciate your dedication to this noble profession. i yield back the balance of my

Adam B. Schiff

0:23:23 to 0:23:43( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: time. the speaker pro tempore: mr. inglis, south carolina. mr. mchenry, north carolina. mr. burton, indiana.

Adam B. Schiff

0:23:44 to 0:23:45( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: for what gentlewoman from virgin islands rise?

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