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As Pacifica Stations WBAI, Kpfk and Wpfw Continue to Censor Democracy Now!, a Medley of Thevoices That Pacifica Has Refused to Air Since September 11

January 08, 2002
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Michael Moore

is a film-maker and author. His movies include "Roger and Me" and "The Big One".

This is day two of Democracy Now!'s return to the airwaves of Pacifica Radio after five months in exile. At its firstmeeting just over one week ago, Pacifica's new interim national board voted by a 2/3 majority to bring back DemocracyNow! to its original time slots on all 5 stations.

But the censorship and banning continues. Yesterday, New York Pacifica station WBAI banned the show from theairwaves, and barred Democracy Now! technical engineer Anthony Sloan from entering the station. In Los Angeles, KPFKGeneral Manager Mark Schubb refused to air the show at its regular 9 o’clock time slot-when the station has itslargest listening audience. The station did air it at 6am. And WPFW in Washington began the program ten minutesinto the broadcast and censored the end of the show. That was when I dedicated the program to the banned and firedat WBAI and to Fidel Rodriquez and his seditions beats program that was pulled off the air by KPFK’s General ManagerMark Schub.

So for those of you who were prevented from hearing yesterday, we rededicate this program to our fired and bannedcolleagues. We’re going to hear a few of the voices that Pacifica has refused to air over the last few months.After September 11, we broadcast a daily, two hour War and Peace Report. While we’re sorry that Pacifica listenerscouldn’t hear this, we thank the hundred community radio stations, public access TV stations, and Free Speech TV that did broadcast our daily program. Here is a medley of what Pacifica listeners missed.

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  • War And Peace Report Medley, including historian Howard Zinn; Rita Lasar, who lost her brother in theWorld Trade Center; British journalist Robert Fisk; singer Patti Smith; Rev. Lucius Walker; Haider Rizvi, a PakistaniU.N. reporter who was beaten up in a Brooklyn hate crime; South African Muslim liberation theologian Farid Esack; andothers.

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