Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. In this US election year, Democracy Now! is more important than ever. For 20 years, we’ve put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power. We lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. A generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar if you donate right now. That means when you give $10, your donation will be worth $20. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you every day.

Your Donation: $

From Death Row: Mumia Abu-Jamal Conducts His First Interview in 22 Years, with Indicted Human Rights Lawyer Lynne Stewart

October 24, 2002

On Saturday, award-winning journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal anchored his first interview in 22 years, from his cell at SCI Greene Prison in Pennsylvania. In this exclusive interview, Abu-Jamal talks to attorney Lynne Stewart who is currently under indictment by the Justice Department for "materially aiding a terrorist organization", during her representation of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.

Stewart says that the indictment heralded by Attorney General John Ashcroft seeks to destroy prisoners’ constitutional right to counsel and suppress their first amendment rights.

For 20 years, Mumia Abu-Jamal has spoken to the world from Pennsylvania’s death row. His writings and commentaries have made him a world-renowned celebrity for racial equality and against the death penalty. His books Live From Death Row, Death Blossoms and All Things Censored have sold over 150,000 copies and been translated into seven languages.

Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death in 1982 for allegedly killing a police officer. He has been on death row ever since but has always maintained his innocence.

Prison officials have repeatedly tried to silence Mumia’s reports from prison but in 1996, the 3rd circuit U.S. court of appeals ruled against prison officials for illegally interfering with Abu-Jamal’s right to counsel and his right to speak to the press. This report was produced by Noelle Hanrahan of the Prison Radio Project


  • Lynne Stewart, indicted human rights attorney.
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal, award-winning journalist on death row.

Related links:

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.