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U.S. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Trump Directed Press Sec. Sanders ‘Not To Bother’ Holding Daily Briefings

January 22, 2019: The President Blames So-Called Unfair Coverage For The Infrequency Of Formal Briefings President Trump declared in a tweet that he has told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to stop holding daily press conferences because the press covers her “rudely and inaccurately,” and that “word gets out anyway.” The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the[Read More…]

January 23, 2019 Press, Top Stories
Part of a series on the Pentagon Papers published by The New York Times in 1971. The Nixon Administration's attempt to stop publication was ultimately rejected in New York Times v. United States.

Harvard Historian Seeking To Unseal Documents From Probe Into Pentagon Papers Leak

December 19, 2018: The Public Needs More Insight Into The Landmark Pentagon Papers Case, She Argues  A history professor and writer is asking a federal judge to unseal the records from proceedings in two Boston grand jury probes into the leaks of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Jill Lepore, who is seeking the records, is a Harvard professor, writer for The New[Read More…]

December 19, 2018 Access, Below the Fold, News Gathering, Press
“Guardians” of the Truth Are TIME Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year

“Guardians” of the Truth Are TIME Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year

  December 11, 2018: The Magazine Created Four Covers to Recognize Four Sets of Journalists Across the World Who Pursued Truth in the Face of Danger Slain, imprisoned, and threatened journalists are the 2018 TIME Magazine‘s Person of the year.   The list includes Jamal Khashoggi, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Maria Ressa and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, MD.[Read More…]

December 12, 2018 Press, Threats, Top Stories
Arkansas Student Newspaper Overcomes Censorship Dispute

Arkansas Student Newspaper Overcomes Censorship Dispute

December 6, 2018: The District Called the Article “Harmful”, “Divisive”  The controversy that ensued over an investigation published by student journalists—despite a state law protecting their rights—has come to a close. Student journalists at The Har Ber Herald were forced to remove a story from their website and had their operations suspended after they published a story questioning the school district’s approval to[Read More…]

December 6, 2018 Below the Fold, Censorship, 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

Knight Institute Sues Intelligence Agencies Over Release Of Records Around Threats To Khashoggi

November 20, 2018: The Lawsuit Is In Response to a FOIA Request For Documents That Have Not Been Disclosed The Knight First Amendment Institute is suing U.S. intelligence agencies to learn if they complied with a “duty to warn” journalist Jamal Khashoggi about threats to his life. When an intelligence agency becomes aware of a threat of kidnapping or murder,[Read More…]

November 21, 2018 Press, Threats, Top Stories
White House Restores Acosta’s Press Pass, Announces New Rules in Press Room

White House Restores Acosta’s Press Pass, Announces New Rules in Press Room

Following a two-week long legal battle over CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House access that played out on the national stage, the White House has reinstated his press credentials that were suspended earlier this month. But will a new set of rules and more strain on the relationship between the president and the press have a chilling effect on press freedom?

November 12, 2018 Access, Press, Top Stories
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