The Indypendent’s Jessica Lee has been selected as one of 25 finalists for Project Censored’s Most Important Censored News Stories of 2007-2008 Awards for her groundbreaking coverage of the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that could broaden the definition of terrorism to encompass both First Amendment political activity and traditional forms of protest such as nonviolent civil disobedience. Lee’s Nov. 16, 2007, article, “Bringing the War on Terrorism Home: Congress Considers How to ‘Disrupt’ Radical Movements in the United States,” set off a firestorm of criticism of the bill from activists and civil libertarians across the political spectrum. The bill remains stalled in the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs after passing the U.S. House of Representativs Oct. 23. The finalists are chosen from more than 700 stories submitted each year.
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