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Eric Swalwell

Journalist Protection Act Introduced in Congress

February 7, 2018: Journalists Need Legislated Protection Says House Rep With attacks both verbal and physical against journalists on the rise (see our deep dive into increasing threats against the media), California Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell has introduced the Journalist Protection Act. “I seek to protect the CNN journalist as much as I seek to protect the Fox News journalist,”[Read More…]

February 7, 2018 Top Stories
State of the First Amendment Under President Trump Scores a C+

State of the First Amendment Under President Trump Scores a C+

Every quarter the Newseum Institute produces a “report card” on how the current administration is faring on the five freedoms: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. 15 First Amendment experts — academics, lawyers, journalists and activists — from across the political spectrum weigh in. Republished with Permission from Newseum’s First Amendment Center The composite grade point average for the five freedoms of[Read More…]

Eric Greitens

Missouri Governor Faces Lawsuit Over Secret Messaging App

February 1, 2018: Are Messaging Apps That Delete Content A Threat to the First Amendment? Two lawyers have brought a suit against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens for using an encrypted-messaging app, Confide, that makes records of his administration difficult to archive. According to the complaint which asks for a temporary restraining order against the app’s use, “the use of automatic[Read More…]

February 2, 2018 Access, Top Stories
Lata Nott, Executive Director of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center

Lata Nott Podcast: Free Speech and the Internet

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Lata Nott, originally published this podcast on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           In this episode of The First Five, Lata Nott sits down with First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams, author of the book “The Soul of the First Amendment”, to discuss free speech and[Read More…]

January 24, 2018 Top Stories
On 20 January 2017, various demonstrations took place in Washington, D.C., to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the U.S.

Journalist Arrests Threaten Freedom of Press

January 19, 2018: Guardian Opinion Piece on Threats to Journalists in Covering Protests Thomas Hughes and Jodie Ginsburg write that “Journalists are facing an unprecedented and unrelenting crackdown on their work that appears to come more from the playbook of dictatorial demagogues than constitutional caretakers. This crackdown is at its most visible when it intersects with protest.”  January 18, 2018:[Read More…]

January 19, 2018 Top Stories
Senators Flake and McCain Speak Out Ahead of President Trump’s Fake News Awards

Senators Flake and McCain Speak Out Ahead of President Trump’s Fake News Awards

January 17, 2017: Senator Jeff Flake Delivers Press Freedom Speech January 16, 2017: Senator John McCain Pens Op-ed in Washington Post    

January 17, 2018 Top Stories
President Calls Wall Street Journal “Fake News” Over Disputed North Korea Quote

President Calls Wall Street Journal “Fake News” Over Disputed North Korea Quote

January 14, 2018: Wall Street Journal Interview Transcript Rebuts President Trump’s “Fake News” Claim The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn’t say that. I said “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” a big difference. Fortunately we now record[Read More…]

January 14, 2018 Top Stories
Can President Trump Stop “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” From Being Published?

Can President Trump Stop “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” From Being Published?

  January 8, 2018: Fire and Fury Publishers Responds to President Trump’s Legal Team “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” went on sale on Friday. Monday, a lawyer for Henry Holt shot down President Trump’s legal team libel claim writing, “it is patently ridiculous to claim that the privacy of the President of the United States has been violated by[Read More…]

January 9, 2018 Top Stories
Mercy for Animals Protest

U.S. Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Idaho’s Ag Gag Law

January 4,2018: Audio and Visual Recording Is Free Speech Court Rules The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Idaho’s ag gag law that criminalized the making of undercover videos at agricultural facilities violates the First Amendment. The case stemmed from a 2012 undercover operation by Mercy for Animals at Bettencourt Dairies that exposed animal cruelty and led[Read More…]

January 5, 2018 Top Stories
Efforts to Protect College Media From Suppression Gain Traction

Efforts to Protect College Media From Suppression Gain Traction

December 2017: Review of Efforts in 2017 to Protect Student Presses  College Media Association President Chris Evans reviews efforts over the past year to ensure college press freedom. A 2016 report sponsored by the American Association of University Professors, the College Media Association, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and the Student Press Law Center had found threats increasing to independent[Read More…]

December 28, 2017 Campus Speech, Top Stories