Avi Asher-Schapiro

Avi Asher-Schapiro is CPJ's U.S. correspondent. Avi is a former staffer at VICE News, International Business Times, and Tribune Media, and an independent investigate reporter who has published in outlets including the Atlantic, the Intercept, and The New York Times.

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By suing WikiLeaks, DNC could endanger principles of press freedom

May 29, 2018 10:53 AM ET

In 1993, WILK radio host Frederick Vopper broadcast a conversation intercepted by an illegal wiretap and sent anonymously to the Pennsylvania radio station, in which two teachers union officials discussed violent negotiating tactics. The officials sued Vopper, arguing that he should be liable for the illegal wiretap that captured...

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Journalists covering US white supremacists must weigh risks to selves and families

March 15, 2018 11:04 AM ET

Michael Edison Hayden was one of the first foreign journalists on the ground after the Nepalese earthquake in 2015-- the "ground was still shaking" when he arrived, he said. He's reported from the disputed territory between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, and gone door-to-door in Phoenix, searching for a...

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Weinstein-BlackCube surveillance claim exposes aggressive tactics to kill a story

February 7, 2018 2:26 PM ET

Those with deep pockets can go to great lengths to push back against journalism they find objectionable. Billionaire Peter Thiel deployed a team of lawyers in a move that bankrupted the news site Gawker in 2016--and last month President Donald Trump's lawyers tried to block the publication of an...

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