Any individual who decries the arrival of the communications age on the grounds that the truth has become more accessible is an enemy of truth and of man’s ability to discover it. Still, anyone whose assertions are confused, whose facts are false, and whose opinions are occasionally composed in service to the expedience of the moment rather than some steady guiding principle is correct to despise the dynamics of our rising era, just as the lion would have been correct to despise the spear.

“In Russia, where we live, the rights of journalists carry very little weight and people who aspire for a free press have much envy for the conditions in which media in the West usually functions. But cases that attack whistleblowers, journalists and activists allow Russian propaganda to point to foreign countries and say that “freedom of press” there similarly comes with the prosecution of journalists. Barrett’s case is one that should not be happening in a Western democracy and we hope that American authorities will not continue to set such a horrible example by giving Barrett any more time behind bars.”

Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, Pussy Riot

—Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, Pussy Riot

via The Voice Project

The sentencing for the jailed journalist Barrett Brown, who took a plea agreement in April on three reduced counts and now faces a maximum of 8.5 years in prison, has been postponed. While it was originally scheduled for August 18th, the sentencing will now happen on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 1:30 PM CST at the federal courthouse on 1100 Commerce St. in Dallas, Texas.

By that time he will have spent over two years behind bars—which is far beyond what’s sufficient to atone for the conduct that he takes responsibility for.

While you’re waiting for him to get out, why not read what he’s been writing lately, consider ordering some books for him, or send us a donation to help cover the associated costs of his legal situation.

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