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Gene Policinski Commentary: Journalists May Be Stuck With Assange’s First Amendment Defense

Gene Policinski Commentary: Journalists May Be Stuck With Assange’s First Amendment Defense

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on April 18, 2019, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint. For the latest news on the indictment of Julian Assange, click on the box below. For an in depth examination of WikiLeaks’ history and legal cases, click on the box below.[Read More…]

May 3, 2019 Press, Top Stories
Migrants from Central America seeking asylum illegally cross into the U.S. from Mexico in Penitas, Texas, August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

FOIA Suit Filed Over Secret Government Database

  An NBC affiliate in San Diego and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against four federal agencies. The complaint filed against the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Citizenship and Immigration[Read More…]

April 24, 2019 Below the Fold, Press
Police gather near the Capitol Gazette newspaper office where a shooting occurred in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The U.S. Is Now A Less Safe Place For Journalists

A newly released annual report by Reporter Without Borders, called the “World Press Freedom Index,” reveals a disheartening state of freedom of the press around the globe—including in the U.S. “The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in complete security, continues to decline, while authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media,” the report says. The United States has now become a less safe place for journalists, ranking at No. 48 out of the 180 countries and territories on the list.

April 19, 2019 Below the Fold, Press
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Indicted By Justice Department

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Indicted By Justice Department

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was indicted by the federal government for “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” for allegedly helping former U.S. Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning hack into a government database. 

April 18, 2019 Press, Top Stories
The Georgia State Capitol, in Atlanta, Georgia Photo Credit: WikiCommons

Georgia Lawmakers File Worrisome Legislation To Create State Journalism Ethics Board

April 2, 2019: Georgia Lawmakers Propose Board That Would Promote “Canons of Ethics for Journalism” A group of six Georgia Republican lawmakers introduced an “Ethics in Journalism Act,” a measure that would authorize a “Journalism Ethics Board” to create and implement ethical standards to oversee journalists’ work and penalize journalists that do not comply. If approved, the board could also[Read More…]

April 9, 2019 News Gathering, Press, Top Stories
New York Fair Trial Free Press Conference

New York Fair Trial Free Press Conference

Every year, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) convenes a panel of journalists, judges, and lawyers to discuss a hypothetical case involving free speech, the freedom of the press, and citizens’ right to a fair trial. In October, 2018 the program explored a hypothetical case in which an incumbent Governor who’s running for reelection, is going through a contentious[Read More…]

Clear and Present Danger: Episode 22: Fighting Words – Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part II

Clear and Present Danger: Episode 22: Fighting Words – Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part II

Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech is a podcast hosted by Jacob Mchangama, the founder and executive director of Justitia, a think tank focusing on human rights. Mchangama guides listeners through the history of free speech from the trial of Socrates to the Great Firewall of China.  In Episode 22 of the podcast, “Fighting Words – Free[Read More…]

March 8, 2019 Press, Speech, Top Stories
BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief and moderator Ben Smith asks questions of entertainment executives during the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy Inaugural Symposium in Los Angeles, California September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA)

Ben Smith, Editor-In-Chief of BuzzFeed News Discusses Free Press Issues

Ben Smith, the Editor-In-Chief of BuzzFeed News, discusses his decision to publish the Steele dossier, a controversial intelligence memo compiled by retired British spy Christopher Steele. Smith also talks about other issues such as President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the press, and journalism and the privacy rights issues that arose from the Hulk Hogan and Gawker case. The Steele[Read More…]

Ballard Spahr: Recent Ruling Invokes Colorado Press Shield Law To Absolve Reporter From Disclosing Unpublished Information

Ballard Spahr: Recent Ruling Invokes Colorado Press Shield Law To Absolve Reporter From Disclosing Unpublished Information

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr A district court in Boulder, Colorado, recently applied Colorado’s Press Shield Law to a subpoena for a reporter to testify at trial—even though the party issuing the subpoena only wanted to question the witness about published information. The court based its February 25 decision on the likelihood that the opposing party would seek to[Read More…]

March 8, 2019 Press, Subpoenas, Top Stories
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally at El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, U.S., February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis -/File Photo

BBC Cameraman Shoved By Trump Supporter During Rally In El Paso, Texas

February 13, 2019: The Physical Attack Followed Verbal Assaults A man in a red “Make America Great Again” hat shoved and yelled at a BBC cameraman during a Trump campaign rally at the El Paso County Coliseum, briefly interrupting the president’s speech. BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was working on a raised press platform during the rally when he says a[Read More…]

February 14, 2019 Below the Fold, Press