Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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SCIENTOLOGY TV: It’s really happening! Spectrum blocks out a channel for Miscavige

 
Plenty of us scoffed when Scientology leader David Miscavige spent millions to purchase and renovate the KCET studios in Los Angeles and rename it Scientology Media Productions, which he opened last May.

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Lawrence Wright goes to Nazareth; or, how Reza Aslan drove us into the arms of L. Ron Hubbard

[Lawrence Wright, getting the scoop. (Illo by Observer)]

Yesterday, we were still thinking about Reza Aslan’s friendly-but-not-so-friendly jabs at Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright in his Sunday night Believer episode about Scientology.

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Reza Aslan’s ‘Believer’ episode about indie Scientology lived down to all expectations

 
Now that we’ve seen Reza Aslan’s Believer episode about “independent Scientology,” we can see that our earlier story, which was based on what he was saying in interviews leading up to the show, was really on the money and we don’t have a lot to add.

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Scientology’s gateway drug: The personality test and what it’s actually telling you

 
Rod Keller examines Scientology’s gateway drug — the personality test!

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‘God of Pop’ Kuba Ka on meeting Scientology’s David Miscavige: ‘Like an emperor or the Pope’

 
Yesterday we told you that we were looking forward to having a conversation with Jakub Stepniak, a Polish-born aspiring culture superstar who calls himself Kuba Ka, the ‘God of Pop,’ and who got on our radar when the Church of Scientology spent several months grooming him to be one of its vaunted celebrities.

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DREAM LAWSUIT: ‘God of Pop’ Kuba Ka vs the Church of Scientology. THANK XENU, IT’S ON!

State investigators fired for blowing the whistle on Scientology’s rehabs get hearing in Denver

[Rachel Bussett had a big day at the Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver]

Yesterday, attorney Rachel Bussett argued before the federal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, and we caught up with her after she’d gone through the heady experience.

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The real reason Leah Remini is taking a wrecking ball to Scientology

[Proof!]

Some of you may have seen the utterance we made on Twitter last night that seemed to amuse a few people. But only one person messaged us to ask us what it was all about…

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Reza Aslan is already being dishonest about indie Scientology ahead of CNN episode

 
We asked the producer of Believer, CNN’s series featuring University of California Riverside creative writing professor Reza Aslan, for the chance to view the episode on Scientology that’s airing this Sunday, but we haven’t been given that chance.

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Judge: Testimony about Scientology’s abuses so bad, it should get kicked out of the country

[Lemberger leaves court with Scientology’s Eric Lieberman, Mattan Ben Shaul, and Monique Yingling]

 
Dani Lemberger is back from a well-deserved weeklong vacation in the country of Jordan and we talked to him briefly yesterday, asking him what he could say about his recently concluded trial in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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