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Whistleblower Summit Highlights 50 Years of the Pentagon Papers and Investigative Journalism

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Whistleblower Summit Highlights 50 Years of the Pentagon Papers and Investigative Journalism

July 24
00:45 2021
The annual gathering continues to empower whistleblowers and advocates and encourages others to stand for truth.

Members of the watchdog organization ACORN 8 and the Society of Professional Journalists will co-host the annual Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival to be held from July 23 through August 1. The gathering, which will be accessible virtually on Film Festival Flix, is themed “A Salute to the 50th Anniversary of Pentagon Papers and the rise of investigative journalism.” This year’s event will be co-hosted by ACORN 8 and the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Film Festival will host more than 50 film screenings and panel presentations over 10 days. The films focus on whistleblowing, free speech/press freedom, civil and human rights, or social justice themes. Some of the film titles and their respective directors include “Sallie Mae Not” by Mike Camon and a panel discussion on the student debt crises, “The New Abolitionists” by Christina Zorich, and the “Last Call for Tomorrow” by Gary Null with Valerie Van Cleve as co-director. Check out Film Festival Flix to see more titles.

The Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival is an annual gathering of whistleblowers and their advocates, as well as civil rights community members on Capitol Hill. The event, formerly known as the Washington Whistleblower’s Week, is yearly organized in honor of whistleblowers and the first amendment activism. It is usually held during the week of July 30, the National Whistleblowers Day.

In line with the 50th anniversary of the Pentagon Paper, the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival will have Daniel Ellsberg deliver the keynote presentation. Daniel Ellsberg is an American economist, political activist, and former United States military analyst and researcher.

In addition, the annual summit will feature panel discussions from the Watergate era journalists, academics, and whistleblower advocates. There will be plenary sessions on various topics such as blowing the whistle on immigration justice. The gathering will also discuss discrimination in the federal workplace, systemic discrimination at USDA, and law enforcement whistleblowers.

Apart from the discussions and sessions, the summit also features some of the best films about whistleblowers, the First Amendment, and those that touch on human rights issues are related to the group’s advocacy. Some of the films include “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers and Line in the Street – a film about Gerrymandering.”

The event aims to highlight its advocacy and build a sense of community and solidarity. “There is no free press without news sources. There can be no congressional oversight without government informants. Whistleblowers are the Fifth Estate protecting freedom and liberty,” shared Michael McCray, co-founder of the International Association of Whistleblowers.

Other than panel discussions and plenary sessions, the week-long summit usually includes workshops, book signings, film screenings, awards, and presentations, as well as luncheon and dinner. Its invited speakers and guests are distinguished whistleblowers, authors of whistleblower books, and other known personalities who are advocates of whistleblowing.

Its invited speakers and guests are distinguished whistleblowers, authors of whistleblower books, and other known personalities who are advocates of whistleblowing.

To know more about the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival, visit http://www.WhistleblowerSummit.com.

About The Whistleblower Summit

The Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival is an annual gathering of whistleblowers and their advocates, and civil rights members. It is the largest gathering of whistleblowers and the only festival for honoring whistleblowers and their first amendment activism. In 2019, the summit received a “Best Festival” (Arts, Culture & Film category) award from Fest Forum (Santa Barbra).

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