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The Policing of Roger Waters

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Roger Waters, the musical artist who was the chief lyricist for Pink Floyd, is on tour in North America. His show has a strong political emphasis. He was recently interviewed by a CNN reporter who called him a “mad man” for his political views, which are against U.S. wars.

Waters has also defended Jullian Assange, publisher of WikiLeaks, who the Biden administration is trying to extradite from the UK and potentially lock up for 75 years.

Waters will be performing in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 16. A moble billboard, with art from the Waters show, is currently touring D.C. One image regarding Assange exposing U.S. war crimes states: “Jail the killers NOT the messenger.”

KEVIN GOSZTOLA, kevin@shadowproof.com, @kgosztola
Managing editor of Shadowproof, Gosztola reviewed Waters’ show after he stopped in Milwaukee and recently produced a video critiquing how Waters was depicted in the CNN interview: “CNN’s Attempt To Police Roger Waters.” Gosztola likens the backlash to Waters’ interview to how some professional athletes have spoken up on politics and were attacked for it. He argues that the mass media is effectively trying to brand artists like Waters in a way that limits the space for discussion on political issues and notes that the CNN interviewer had a particular issue with Waters labeling Biden a war criminal — without noting that his show depicts several U.S. presidents as war criminals.

Waters’ last tour was largely an attack on Trump.

Gosztola has extensively covered and attended legal proceedings against Assange.

Waters was just interviewed by World Beyond War.