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Tech journalists troubled by Assange computer intrusion charge

June 20, 2019 1:15 PM ET

The Trump administration's decision to charge Julian Assange with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act has generated significant controversy. One legal expert described it as "crossing a "constitutional Rubicon." CPJ warned that the indictment could be the opening salvo in a broader attack on First Amendment journalistic protections....

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CPJ joins letter urging Trump administration to address targeting of journalists at border

May 1, 2019 9:05 AM ET

Washington, D.C., May 1, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined more than 100 human rights and press freedom groups in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials expressing deep concern over recent actions by the department's law enforcement agencies--Customs and Border Protection and...

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Supreme Court could limit FOIA, curtail investigative reporting

April 18, 2019 3:32 PM ET

It's been over eight years since Jonathan Ellis, an investigative reporter at the Argus Leader, filed what he thought was a routine Freedom of Information Act request. He wanted five years of reimbursement data from the Agriculture Department (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)--a program that helps people with...

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Why the prosecution of Julian Assange is troubling for press freedom

April 12, 2019 5:58 PM ET

After a seven-year standoff at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, British police yesterday arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange--a development press freedom advocates had long feared....

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What we need to know about CBP's searches of journalists at San Diego

April 5, 2019 1:05 PM ET

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating whether the Customs and Border Protection Agency inappropriately targeted and questioned journalists and activists. The investigation, announced by CBP on March 6, came after NBC 7 obtained documents showing that the border agency compiled a list of individuals, including at least...

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Joint letter urges congressional action on Jamal Khashoggi case

March 14, 2019 2:39 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 10 human rights and press freedom groups in sending a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) leadership urging congressional action in the pursuit of justice for murdered Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi....

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Leak prosecutions under Trump chill national security beat

March 6, 2019 3:08 PM ET

When President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, was asked at his confirmation hearing in January whether he would ever consider jailing a journalist, Barr paused for about eight seconds, then said he could "conceive of a situation" where a journalist is jailed as a "last resort."...

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Dark side of sports journalism as fans harass female reporters online

February 28, 2019 11:10 AM ET

"I say we put her email address in all the porn sites. From FSU with love," one user wrote on 247Sports.com, a CBS message-board about college and professional sports. The FSU stands for Florida State University and the "her" is ESPN investigative journalist Paula Lavigne....

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From fake news to enemy of the people: An anatomy of Trump's tweets

January 30, 2019 10:00 AM ET

Since announcing his candidacy in the 2016 presidential elections to the end of his second year in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has sent 1,339 tweets about the media that were critical, insinuating, condemning, or threatening. In lieu of formal appearances as president, Trump has tweeted over 5,400 times...

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For local female journalists in US, rape threats, stalkers, harassment can come with the beat

January 17, 2019 4:33 PM ET

In 2016, the FBI told a local TV journalist that she wasn't safe sleeping in her own home. Her TV station, which covers a major American city, hired an off-duty police officer to guard the parking lot when she arrived at work. Even for a journalist covering organized crime,...

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