Threats

The book "Unhinged" by former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman on her time in the White House administration is seen for sale in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 14, 2018.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton   NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Omarosa’s Publisher Says Trump Legal Team Threats Are “Hollow”

August 17, 2018: Simon & Schuster To Trump: You Have A “Bully Pulpit” At Your Disposal In response to threats made by the Trump campaign legal team, Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House by Omarosa Manigault-Newman, says they acted well within their rights and will continue to publish the book on schedule. The[Read More…]

August 30, 2018 Censorship, Speech, Threats, Top Stories
Former CIA Director John Brennan departs from a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing evaluating the Intelligence Community Assessment on "Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2018.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Trump Revokes Former CIA Director’s Security Clearance

August 21, 2018: Trump Hints At Criticism As Reason For Revoking Brennan’s Clearance In A Tweet President Trump implied that the reasoning behind why he revoked John Brennan’s security clearance is because of criticism, noting in a tweet that Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper “is being nice” to him to keep his clearance. Even James Clapper has admonished John[Read More…]

August 23, 2018 Below the Fold, Censorship, Speech, Threats
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault (R) attend a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Are White House NDAs Legal? Experts Weigh In.

  Former Trump aide and “The Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault Newman’s public dispute with President Trump following her book release publicity tour raises questions about the legality of White House employees signing non-disclosure agreements and challenges the extent of government transparency in this administration. President Trump’s campaign organization filed for arbitration, claiming that Marigault-Newman breached an NDA that she signed when[Read More…]

County Judge Charged With Misdemeanor For Threatening Sheriff Over Critical Tweet

County Judge Charged With Misdemeanor For Threatening Sheriff Over Critical Tweet

A County that empowers its (department heads) more than their elected officials only divide the effectiveness and full potential of that counties abilities. — Williamson County Sheriff (WilCo) Texas (@SheriffChody) July 13, 2018   July 31, 2018: Hearing Against Judge Over Social Media Spat Is Reset A hearing has been set for September 14. July 18, 2018: Judge’s Alleged Threat[Read More…]

August 2, 2018 Speech, Threats, Top Stories
Countering Fake News Networks

Countering Fake News Networks

What is fake news? Facebook and Google offer mea culpas for spreading it and hire legions of staff to counter it. Congress investigated how the Russians promoted it during the 2017 Presidential election. President Trump calls out “fake news”organizations in tweets several times a week. Has the term itself lost its meaning? A recent survey by the Freedom Forum Institute reveals many Americans believe fake news is a major threat, even over hate speech. What more can be done to separate fake news from facts? 

July 6, 2018 Fake News, Threats
Gene Policinski, Chief Operating Officer, Newseum Institute and First Amendment Center of Newseum Institute

Gene Policinski Commentary: Five dead, more hurt at Annapolis newspaper – a sad, sad story

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on June 29, 2018, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           Sad. So terribly sad. Five people – several after a life’s work reporting on the daily lives of others – are today the subjects of news[Read More…]

June 29, 2018 Press, Threats, Top Stories
First Amendment Watch gives profound thanks to all those who, like the journalists in Annapolis, have sacrificed so much to advance the open discussion of ideas central to the functioning of a free society.

First Amendment Watch gives profound thanks to all those who, like the journalists in Annapolis, have sacrificed so much to advance the open discussion of ideas central to the functioning of a free society.

From Gene Policinski, president and chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Institute. 

Five dead, more hurt at Annapolis newspaper – a sad, sad story

Sad. So terribly sad.

Five people – several after a life’s work reporting on the daily lives of others – are today the subjects of news reports no one wants to write, or read.

On Thursday, police say, a man described as having a long-standing grudge against the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., killed five staffers and injured several more in that small community newsroom.

He shot through the glass doors of the paper into a place filled with journalists doing what most in that profession in America do: Bringing their community the news of itself.

June 29, 2018 Press, Threats
Law enforcement officials survey the scene after a gunman fired through a glass door at the Capital Gazette newspaper and sprayed the newsroom with gunfire, killing at least five people and injuring several others in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Deadliest Attack On U.S. Journalists In Several Years Incites Grave Concern

June 28, 2018: Gunman Kills Five And Injures Others At Maryland Newspaper Prompting Many To Question Motives A gunman opened fire in the newsroom of The Capital Gazette of Annapolis, MD, killing five and wounding others. Local police say it is clear that this was a targeted attack, noting that the suspect had a longstanding feud with the paper and made[Read More…]

June 28, 2018 Press, Threats, Top Stories
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.

June 13, 2018 Below the Fold, Leaks, Threats
Trump Calls Leakers “Traitors and Cowards” In Aggressive Push Against “Fake News Media”

Trump Calls Leakers “Traitors and Cowards” In Aggressive Push Against “Fake News Media”

Trump continued making a connection between fake news and negative press coverage while simultaneously attacking leakers in his own Administration calling them “traitors” and “cowards.” Although CNN’s Brian Stelter points out Trump’s Justice Department “has prosecuted a few cases involving alleged leakers, not nearly as many as some media watchdogs feared, or as many as some Trump allies hoped,” calling out leakers as traitors chills a free press. FAW’s spotlight on leakers points out that “aggressive prosecution of leakers began under President Obama – with the most famous case, Edward Snowden, still in hiding in Russia – and continues under President Trump. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rumored to even be considering a lie detector test to ferret out leakers.”

May 17, 2018 Leaks, Press, Threats, Top Stories