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Court TV Teams Up with ACLU

10/31/2005 7:49 AM Eastern

Court TV and the American Civil Liberties Union will team up on a programming initiative, the network said Monday.

The ACLU Freedom Files -- created by award-winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films and directed and produced by Jeremy Kagan -- is a series of programs “that aims to strip away the sound bites to reveal how civil liberties affect real people everyday,” Court TV said.

Beginning in January, 10 30-minute episodes will explore pressing issues that threaten the civil liberties of all Americans, the network added.

“Issues like free speech, freedom of religion and freedom from unreasonable searches are often talked about in abstract terms, but there are very real human faces to these issues and they tend to get lost in the rhetoric,” Greenwald said in a prepared statement. “This series is going to tell those stories.”

Court TV chairman and CEO Henry Schleiff added, “We strive to bring important and cause-related programming to our viewers, and this series is a natural addition to our lineup, as it raises awareness on the pressing and controversial issues facing our nation. ‘In Pursuit of Justice’ is our initiative that nurtures debate and raises awareness for important judicial and social issues, and The ACLU Freedom Files not only shares that same goal, but it brings the issues to life.”

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