Late last month, Temple University canceled all Pacifica
programming on its Philadelphia radio station WRTI because
Democracy Now was airing commentaries by Pennsylvania death row
inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Yesterday at Temple Law School, Professor Burton Caine — a First
Amendment expert at the school — organized a public forum
entitled, "Censorship at WRTI?" He invited all the parties
concerned with the decision to cancel Pacifica programming at WRTI
and to have, in his words, a free speech forum on free speech.
Professor Caine invited the Temple University administration, the
management of WRTI, and the Fraternal Order of Police, which
opposes the airing of commentaries by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Democracy
Now was also invited and we spoke. So were other voices from the
But no one from the University, the radio station or the police
spoke. In fact, Professor Caine who organized the event, said the
university tried to obstruct him from holding the forum, demanding
that he pay $1000 for security.
TAPE: CHRIS LEHMANN, a student volunteer at WRTI.
TAPE: RAMONA AFRICA, of the Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
TAPE: REVEREND PAUL WASHINGTON, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
PROFESSOR BURTON CAINE, a professor of more than 20 years at the Temple University School of Law.