Tuesday, February 25, 1997

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  • Temple Pulls Democracy Now! as it Airs Mumia Abu Jamal

    Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, yesterday
    unilaterally canceled Democracy Now! and pulled all
    Pacifica programming, including the Pacifica Network News,
    from its radio station WRTI. Also affected were 11 other
    radio stations across Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and
    Delaware — all part of the Temple University radio network.

    The sudden decision was made as Democracy Now! began to air
    commentaries from Pennsylvania death row inmate Mumia Abu-
    Jamal. University administrator George Ingram said that the
    university was planning to change programming on WRTI, but
    he added that the airing of Mumia’s commentaries hastened
    the decision to cancel Democracy Now! and Pacifica Network
    News. Ingram said the commentaries were "inappropriate."

    The decision by university administrators sparked immediate
    protest from listeners and the university community who
    branded the move censorship and an attack upon academic

    TAPE: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL, a prisoner on Pennsylvania’s death
    row comments on Mad Cow Disease.


  • Jennifer Thompson and Eyewitness Testimony

    Eyewitness testimony is often considered solid evidence in a
    court of law, particularly in certain crimes such as rape.
    But a troubling new Frontline documentary airing on PBS
    tonight raises new doubts about eyewitness testimony. The
    documentary — "What Jennifer Saw" — highlights the case of
    Jennifer Thompson, a rape victim who misidentified her
    attacker and helped send him to jail for 11 years.