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Scientology front: Freedom magazine

6331 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 960-3500

Founded: 1968

Scientology PR: “Freedom seeks out and illuminates solutions to society’s problems. Freedom addresses issues, not politics. Freedom uplifts human aspiration. It stands for accurate and accountable reporting and publishes information available in no other publication. Freedom is the voice of the Church of Scientology.”


[Freedom magazine’s senior editor is John Sugg]

“For several years, Freedom operated as a cartoonish attack dog, with issues coming out about once a year that were dedicated to smearing journalists like Anderson Cooper, the Tampa Bay Times team, and Lawrence Wright of The New Yorker. It had also taken on former church executives who dared to speak out about Scientology. In 2013, a final issue in this vein had been put out attacking the ‘Posse of Lunatics,’ Scientology’s description for a group made up of the church’s former top executive strata, including Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, and Amy Scobee. Then, Freedom went dark. It resurfaced in 2014 with a new look and approach. Scientology leader David Miscavige had put together a completely new crew, with former Tampa Weekly Planet editor John Sugg holding down things in Florida and one of Sugg’s former Weekly Planet staff writers, Jennifer Lankheim, working out of Los Angeles as the editor of Freedom‘s ‘International’ edition. For more than a year, Freedom went legit, with monthly issues and earnest if dull stories about serious topics, and with enough anti-psychiatry pieces and articles extolling new Scientology buildings to leave no question who the magazine was serving.”

After this relatively brief experiment in pretending to be a current affairs publication, Freedom is now back to doing almost nothing but flogging David Miscavige, the church, and its front groups — and it’s duller than ever. Lankheim is nowhere to be seen, and Sugg is “senior editor.”


May 11, 2016: ‘Freedom’ magazine is back after a six-month absence, and it arrived with a surprise!

March 10, 2016: Reporter’s notebook: Scientology’s latest intimidation attempt is sadly familiar


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