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“It Could Be Others Also” President Trump Floats Idea Of Revoking More Press Passes After Acosta

“It Could Be Others Also” President Trump Floats Idea Of Revoking More Press Passes After Acosta

Donald Trump has often called out news organizations as “fake news,” excluded reporters from rallies, and limited press access both on the campaign trail and after assuming office. But many are condemning the White House’s move to revoke the press credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta unprecedented and dangerous. Larger questions still remain: can reporters be barred from news conferences because the Trump administration objects to coverage? And will reporter’s boycott White House press briefings in solidarity with Acosta and in defense of press freedom?

November 12, 2018 Access, Press
Human rights activists and friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold his pictures during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Gene Policinski Commentary: The Whereabouts Of Missing Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Should Concern Us All

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on October 10, 2018, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           Journalist Jamal Khashoggi is missing — and the world does not know if he is alive or dead. That there is no answer yet is, in itself,[Read More…]

October 11, 2018 Press, Threats, Top Stories
Gene Policinski, Chief Operating Officer, Newseum Institute and First Amendment Center of Newseum Institute

Gene Policinski Commentary: Corrections Should Be Seen As Good Things, Not Weapons For Critics

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on September 21, 2018, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           To err is human — but, it would seem, corrections are not seen by many as divine. Inevitably, when journalists in all kinds of mediums start[Read More…]

September 26, 2018 Below the Fold, Fake News, Press
First Amendment Coalition Sues DOJ Over Seizure Of Reporter’s Records

First Amendment Coalition Sues DOJ Over Seizure Of Reporter’s Records

September 19, 2018: FAC: Justice Department Violated FOIA By Withholding Documents The First Amendment Coalition filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in San Francisco alleging that the DOJ violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by failing to provide the documents related to the secret collection of a journalist’s phone and email records.  FAC[Read More…]

September 20, 2018 FOIA, Press, Secrecy, Top Stories
Reminding Readers That Press Is Not The Enemy Of The People, News Outlets Defend Their Right In Their Own Words

Reminding Readers That Press Is Not The Enemy Of The People, News Outlets Defend Their Right In Their Own Words

Hundreds of news outlets around the country heeded the call of Boston Globe deputy editorial page editor Marjorie Pritchard and published their defense of a free press in response to criticism from President Trump. 

August 30, 2018 Below the Fold, Press, Top Stories
First Amendment Watch Teacher Guide: Prior Restraints—and the Threat of Printable 3-D Guns

First Amendment Watch Teacher Guide: Prior Restraints—and the Threat of Printable 3-D Guns

Startling advances in technology raise free speech and press issues in ways that we could not have anticipated even ten years ago. Such is the case with 3-D printable guns—handguns that people can manufacture at home using a software code and a special printer that makes three-dimensional objects. Printing guns at home can evade laws intended to keep guns out of the hands of unauthorized people. The plastic guns would be untraceable, and federal law prohibits guns that are undetectable by walk-through metal detection scanners at airports and other security checkpoints. If that’s the case, can the government prohibit the posting of computer code that makes possible the printing of guns?

August 29, 2018 Press, Teacher Guides
Death Penalty Reporter’s Case For Access Can Move Forward

Death Penalty Reporter’s Case For Access Can Move Forward

August 21, 2018: Ongoing Fight For Reporter Access To Witness Executions In Missouri Continues  Buzzfeed News investigative reporter Chris McDaniel can move forward with his lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections to be allowed to witness executions, a federal appellate court held. McDaniel— who covers the death penalty and executions— filed a lawsuit together with the ACLU against the[Read More…]

August 23, 2018 Access, Press, Top Stories
Knight Institute Urges Facebook To Change Policy To Create “Safe Harbor” For Journalists And Researchers

Knight Institute Urges Facebook To Change Policy To Create “Safe Harbor” For Journalists And Researchers

August 7, 2018: Knight Institute Requests And Suggests Amendments To Facebook’s Terms Of Service In Letter To Zuckerberg In a letter sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, The Knight First Amendment Institute called on the platform to amend its terms of service to allow journalists and researchers to safely operate on the platform. The letter, sent on behalf of three journalists[Read More…]

August 9, 2018 News Gathering, Press, Top Stories
Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz walks back in court as his attorney Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill (L) looks on in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. April 27, 2018.      Taimy Alvarez/Sun-Sentinel/Pool via REUTERS

Florida School Board Wants To Hold Newspaper In Contempt For Publishing Parkland Shooter’s Records

August 15, 2018:”I find it shameful”: Judge Reprimands Newspaper For Publishing Redacted Material A Broward County judge lambasted the Sun Sentinel for publishing disclosed information contained in a redacted report that the paper says it obtained legally, because the information was already made public.  In response to the judge’s claim that she was under the impression that the newspaper would[Read More…]

Newly printed  Detroit News newspapers run thru the printing presses at the newspapers printing plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan December 16, 2008. The Newspapers Partnership announced a plan to reduce home-delivery of the papers to three days a week and a push for their on-line editions.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook   (UNITED STATES)

Are Newsprint Tariffs Repressing The Free Press?

The U.S. International Trade Commission is considering whether to permanently institute a 30 percent tariff on newsprint from Canada, the largest source for US newspapers. In light of recent layoffs at the New York Daily News and many other newsrooms tapering their staff and product, how will this looming tariff threaten the operation and publication of newspapers of all sizes across the country?

August 6, 2018 Below the Fold, News Gathering, Press