On Friday, Free Speech Radio News featured a story on free speech aspects of the case of Lt. Ehren Watada, the U.S. Army officer who refused to deploy to Iraq on Jun. 22 on the grounds that the war is illegal.[1]  --  Monica Lopez interviews reporter Sarah Olson, and an excerpt of a recording of an Olson interview with Lt. Watada is included.  --  Also interviewed:  Norman Solomon....

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CAN JOURNALISTS REPORT ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH?  THE CASE OF EHREN WATADA (3:54)

Free Speech Radio News
July 28, 2006

http://www.fsrn.org/news/20060728_news.html

This July, Army First Lt. Ehren Watada became the first high ranking U.S. military officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq.  Watada made headlines after notifying both the Army and members of the U.S. anti-war movement that he would refuse to deploy for personal political reasons.  Just yesterday, the 1st Lieutenant again offered to tender his resignation from the Army rather than face court-martial.  The case against Watada has also gained notoriety for what some call a potentially chilling effect on political speech and on journalists who choose to cover such speech.  Our producer, Monica Lopez spoke with reporter and FSRN contributor Sarah Olson who has been listed as a potential witness for the prosecution against Ehren Watada.  FSRN is heard on 93 radio stations.