Modal close

Hi there,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power. This week Democracy Now! is celebrating our 23rd birthday. For over two decades, we've produced our daily news hour without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting. How is this possible? Only with your support. Right now, in honor of Democracy Now!'s birthday, every donation we receive will be doubled by a generous supporter. This means if you give $30 today, Democracy Now! will get $60 to support our daily news hour. Please do your part. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else. Thank you! -Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


Vermont Newspaper Fires Reporter After She Publishes Story On Norwich University Training of Indonesian Military

Default content image
Media Options


We now go to a story that is happening all to often in these times of increased corporate media control. A journalist is ousted from his or her job for reporting on a story that conflicts with the interests of the head of their news organization. When the reporter cries censorship, the news organization tries to justify the ouster by discrediting the reporter, and by refusing to acknowledge publicly that the reporter had ever been fired.

This is what happened to Terry Allen, a reporter for Vermont’s Times Argus Rutland Herald, when she published a story revealing that among the graduates of Norwich University, a private military academy in Northfield, were members of the Indonesian military’s notorious Special Forces, known as the “kopassus.” The kopassus has been accused of committing crimes against humanity in East Timor, as well as human rights abuses in Indonesia.

The story had an enormous impact–it was picked up by most major networks, brought political heat to Norwich and prompted some members of Congress to protest to the Clinton administration.

Allen’s newspaper, the Times Argus Rutland Herald, would not publish the story, but she finally got it published as a front-page story in the Boston Globe. Less than two weeks later, the Times Argus Rutland Herald fired Allen.

Central to this story is the relationship of the Times Argus Rutland Herald’s publisher, John Mitchell, to Norwich University. He is a member of the school’s board of fellows and a donor to the school, although he has not disclosed a dollar figure.


  • Terry Allen, freelance reporter.
  • Tom Greene, spokesperson for Norwich University. Speaking from Northfield, Vermont.

Related Story

Video squareStoryJul 21, 2017As Trump Touts “Made in America” Week, Indonesian Workers Toil Away Making Ivanka Trump Apparel
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.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop