Threats

Gene Policinski, Chief Operating Officer, Newseum Institute and First Amendment Center of Newseum Institute

Gene Policinski Commentary: Two Wrongs Do Not Make A ‘Right’ — But They Can Misuse One

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint. ___________________________________________________________________ Didn’t we all learn, long ago, that “two wrongs don’t make a right”? But two wrongs can misuse a right — as in our right to free expression, guaranteed by the First Amendment. First,[Read More…]

December 11, 2017 Below the Fold, Fake News, Threats
The Alarming Rise in Verbal and Physical Threats to the Press

The Alarming Rise in Verbal and Physical Threats to the Press

Many presidents have had contentious relationships with the press. President John Adams’ 1798 Sedition Act made publishing anything critical of the government illegal, President Theodore Roosevelt tried to sue the press for unfavorable coverage and other leaders have tried to control the flow of information. However, the animosity towards the press fostered by President Donald Trump many believe is unprecedented.

November 14, 2017 Below the Fold, Leaks, Threats
Countering Fake News Networks

Countering Fake News Networks

Organizations are mounting efforts to stop the spread news, some to good effect.

October 30, 2017 Fake News, Threats
Is Wikileaks a News Organization Protected by the First Amendment?

Is Wikileaks a News Organization Protected by the First Amendment?

Wikileaks role in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections continues to be investigated even as leakers face increasing recriminations under the Trump administration. What is next for Julian Assange and the tempest he unleashed? It depends on whether you think Assange is running a media organization or not. If he is, then the question is whether Wikileaks should be protected by[Read More…]

October 25, 2017 Leaks, Threats
Gene Policinski, Chief Operating Officer, Newseum Institute and First Amendment Center of Newseum Institute

Gene Policinski Commentary – To Trump On NBC ‘License’ Tweet: NO!

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on the Newseum blog, and have given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint. There’s only one appropriate, spirit-of-freedom response to the “Trump tweet” on Wednesday asking when it’s “appropriate” for the government to punish NBC News for a story the president didn’t like: NEVER. And yes, the repetition of “appropriate” and[Read More…]

October 12, 2017 Below the Fold, News Gathering, Threats
Mapping Threats and Protests Gains Prominence

Mapping Threats and Protests Gains Prominence

August 2, 2017: Holding Authorities Accoutable By Keeping Count  The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has debuted as a “centralized repository for research” to understand “the number of press freedom violations in the United States—from journalists facing charges to reporters stopped at the U.S. border or asked to hand over their electronics.” Twenty press freedom groups have joined together in this[Read More…]

August 4, 2017 Threats, Top Stories