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FAC, CPJ ask San Francisco mayor to protect journalist freedoms

January 21, 2020 1:09 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and the free speech non-profit First Amendment Coalition today sent a letter to San Francisco Mayor London Breed requesting a meeting about steps the city can take to ensure press freedom....

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CPJ, 57 news organizations ask Senate to rethink press restrictions during impeachment

January 17, 2020 4:56 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and at 57 other news organizations yesterday sent a letter to Senate authorities asking them to reconsider press restrictions during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump....

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For journalists with health issues from covering 9/11, support is available

January 6, 2020 2:27 PM ET

Like the first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, thoughts of personal safety were far from the minds of the journalists who covered the largest terror attack on U.S. soil....

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Salvadoran President Bukele’s anti-press rhetoric echoes Trump

December 19, 2019 1:15 PM ET

Mariana Belloso, a Salvadoran journalist and radio presenter, was home after work with her family on June 30 when she was retweeted by the president, she told CPJ in October. Then the abuse began....

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Q&A: Isma’il Kushkush and Sophia Cope on U.S. court ruling against warrantless border search

December 17, 2019 12:24 PM ET

Journalists crossing U.S. borders face a particular set of challenges, as CPJ has reported extensively. The U.S. government claims sweeping authority to interrogate travelers and search electronic devices without a warrant under what is known as the “border search exception.” CPJ has called this a chilling prospect for reporters...

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When it comes to protecting journalists, Mexico’s safety mechanism comes up short

December 17, 2019 11:59 AM ET

Gildo Garza sighs when he speaks of the institution that is supposed to protect him. “I feel disappointed, depressed, desperate, and alone,” he said. “I no longer have any hope in a system that was supposed to help me build up a new life or get my old life...

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For the sake of press freedom, Julian Assange must be defended

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

Nine years ago this month, the Committee to Protect Journalists took a stand on one of the most polarizing figures in journalism. We wrote President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, urging them not to prosecute Julian Assange....

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Carmody case shows grave police overreach, say lawyers

November 19, 2019 11:28 AM ET

Bryan Carmody, a breaking news stringer who frequently worked the police beat in San Francisco, woke on May 10 to the sound of a sledgehammer at the metal gate securing his front door. Law enforcement agents investigating the leak of internal police documents were attempting to discover his source,...

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CPJ deepens database of attacks on the press

November 7, 2019 11:10 AM ET

He couldn’t have known it at the time, but when a Moroccan court sentenced editor Mohammed al-Herd on August 4, 2003, to three years in prison, he was emblematic of a new trend, one that would accelerate and continue to the present day....

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Legal threats prompt journalists to take creative approaches to investigative stories

October 23, 2019 2:30 PM ET

When BuzzFeed News reporters Jane Bradley and Katie J.M. Baker began investigating claims of sexual misconduct by self-help guru Tony Robbins in early 2018, they did what any journalist would do, and reached out to people who might know about the allegations....

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