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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 Fake News, 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
EPA Attacks Associated Press Reporter Over Hurricane Harvey Story

EPA Attacks Associated Press Reporter Over Hurricane Harvey Story

President Trump has often and vociferously vilified the press as the “enemy.” Now the Environmental Protection Agency has taken the cue and singled out an Associated Press reporter for an article on Houston Superfund sites affected by Hurricane Harvey. In a strongly worded statement, the EPA said reporting it wasn’t doing all it could to serve affected areas would be “yellow journalism.”

September 6, 2017 Access, Threats, Top Stories
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