Award-winning independent journalist Jeremy Scahill to address press freedom

From Afghanistan to Yugoslavia, Jeremy Scahill uncovers the truth about modern day warfare. An author, investigative reporter, and a founding editor of The Intercept, Scahill is a prominent critic of the “War on Terror,” a campaign marked by assassinations, drone strikes, surveillance, and covert ops. Scahill’s talks are forthright and thought-provoking. In addition to critiquing foreign policy, he also assesses today’s media landscape. Scahill’s work has prompted several congressional investigations.


Scahil has been called “a one-man truth squad” by Bill Moyers, and his award-winning book Dirty Wars was described as a “fantastic piece of investigative reporting” by Noam Chomsky. Scahill is well known for sharing his rare insights regarding biased media coverage and the hidden agendas of U.S. foreign policy on various media outlets such as Democracy Now!, the Rachel Maddow Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and CNN.


In this year’s Kops Freedom of the Press lecture at 5:00pm on Thursday, September 26 in Klarman Auditorium, Scahill will shed light on the barriers that come with reporting in a time of increased government surveillance and offer an ethical appeal for greater transparency and accountability in both election coverage and international journalism.


Daniel Kops '39, former editor-in-chief of The Cornell Daily Sun, endowed the Daniel W. Kops Freedom of the Press lecture in 1990. Each year the program brings a distinguished speaker to campus through the American Studies program. Previous Kops lecturers include Ta-Nehisi Coates; Amjad Atallah; April Ryan; Gail Collins; Nadine Strossen; and Dave Zirin.

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