PRESS RELEASE — Friday, May 9, 2014
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‘Secrecy and the Media’ on May 16 DIALOGUE

— Airs Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. MT/PT
— Repeats Sunday, May 18, at 5:00/4:00 p.m. MT/PT

In conjunction with FRONTLINE's two-part “United States of Secrets” this month, DIALOGUE host Marcia Franklin talks with Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi about “Secrecy and the Media” on Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. MT/PT.

During the show, which repeats Sunday, May 18, at 5:00/4:00 p.m. MT/PT, Farhi talks about how increasing government surveillance and secrecy is affecting reporters and their sources. Farhi, who has reported for the Post for the past 25 years, was the keynote speaker for the recent Oppenheimer Ethics Symposium at the University of Idaho.

Farhi and Franklin also discuss how the Obama administration's desire to both prevent and track down the sources of leaks has created a chilling effect on reporting. They also talk about the rapidly changing media landscape, including at Farhi’s paper, which was purchased by founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

FRONTLINE's “United States of Secrets” airs Tuesday, May 13, at 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 20, at 10:00 p.m. MT/PT. The May 12 film is produced by veteran filmmaker and former Idahoan Michael Kirk. The episode explores the stories of whistleblowers from inside the government — from senior intelligence committee staffers to top NSA employees and Justice Department officials — who speak out to stop the government’s secret mass surveillance of American citizens.

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