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How US Espionage Act can be used against journalists covering leaks

May 20, 2017 8:30 AM ET

Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly joked about Trump using a saber on the press and U.S. Senator Jim Risch told CNN the press should be questioning the Washington Post about its sources. Then, on May 16, The New York Times reported that President Donald...

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Javier Valdez Cárdenas, brave and beloved Mexican journalist

May 15, 2017 6:24 PM ET

When Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas arrived in New York City in November 2011 to accept CPJ's International Press Freedom Award, he and his staff had already suffered a grenade attack on the offices of their weekly, Ríodoce. Weeks after receiving the award, they were the victims of a...

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With press freedom under attack worldwide, US is setting wrong example

May 2, 2017 1:41 PM ET

For decades if not longer, repressive leaders around the world have defended restrictions on freedom of the press by citing examples of Western governments failing to live by their own professed standards....

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CPJ joins Fly Don't Spy campaign to protect journalists and their sources

April 18, 2017 5:40 PM ET

Over the past several months, the Committee to Protect Journalists has raised concerns over U.S. border agents' use of secondary searches of journalists and their devices at U.S. borders, and government proposals to require travelers to hand over social media account passwords as a condition of entry to the...

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In Brazil, outdated defamation laws and costly court cases used to pressure critics

April 6, 2017 11:28 AM ET

Brazilian journalist Erik Silva never imagined that printing information from a municipal government website would see him accused of defamation and lead to a drawn-out court case. But almost a year after writing about the size of salary earned by a municipal accountant in Corumbá, a city of just under...

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Deciding who decides which news is fake

March 14, 2017 6:09 PM ET

Authorities decry the proliferation of misinformation and propaganda on the internet, and technology companies are wrestling with various measures to combat fake news. But addressing the problem without infringing on the right to free expression and the free flow of information is extremely thorny....

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CPJ calls on Homeland Security secretary to reject password proposal

March 10, 2017 12:30 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly's suggestion to a committee hearing that the U.S. could request social media profile and password information as a condition to entering the country. Such requirements would have an impact on journalists by undermining their ability...

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Journalists covering Standing Rock face charges as police arrest protesters

February 17, 2017 4:18 PM ET

For months, environmental protesters have clashed with police and private security companies over plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion project that opponents say will destroy Native American sites and affect the region's water supply. While mainstream media have covered flashpoints in the protests, a core of...

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Surveillance of journalists and court orders puts Canada's press freedom at risk

February 3, 2017 4:47 PM ET

On February 6, VICE News reporter Ben Makuch is due to appear in court to appeal an order requesting that he hand over details of his communication with a source. The hearing comes ahead of a day of action being planned in Canada for February 25, when press freedom...

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Transition to Trump: When a president-elect tweets, the trolls take aim

January 20, 2017 3:42 PM ET

As a new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S., CPJ examines the status of press freedom, including the challenges journalists face from surveillance, harassment, limited transparency, the questioning of libel laws, and other factors....

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