Espionage Act

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The Trump Administration and the Media

April 16, 2020 9:00 AM ET

Attacks on press credibility endanger US democracy and global press freedom The Trump administration has stepped up prosecutions of news sources, interfered in the business of media owners, harassed journalists crossing U.S. borders, and empowered foreign leaders to restrict their...

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CPJ calls on Trump to improve press freedom in US

April 16, 2020 9:00 AM ET

CPJ writes the White House about actions by the Trump administration that threaten news media and impede the free flow of information on issues of great public interest. We cite specifically regular statements that delegitimize the role of the press; retaliation against journalists for critical coverage; prosecutions that equate leaking classified documents to the press with espionage; the harassment of journalists at U.S. borders; and limitations on access to information.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face extradition hearing in U.K.

February 21, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 21, 2020 -- The United Kingdom should not extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges in the United States, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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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...

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Assange indictment marks alarming new stage in US war on leaks

May 24, 2019 12:00 PM ET

Mexico City, May 24, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the U.S. Justice Department's indictment yesterday of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The administration of President Donald Trump disclosed 17 charges against Assange under the Espionage...

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US charges Julian Assange with 17 counts under Espionage Act

May 23, 2019 5:01 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2019--The Trump administration today disclosed 17 new criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for unlawfully obtaining and disclosing national defense information....

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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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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...

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Nothing to declare: Why U.S. border agency's vast stop and search powers undermine press freedom

October 22, 2018 10:00 AM ET

Secondary screenings of journalists crossing U.S. borders risk undermining press freedom as Custom and Border Protection agents search devices such as laptops or phones without warrant and question journalists about their reporting and contacts. As the government ramps up...

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New US Espionage Act prosecution has troubling implications for press freedom

March 29, 2018 5:11 PM ET

New York, March 29, 2018-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it is concerned by the U.S. Department of Justice's use of the Espionage Act to charge an FBI agent for allegedly leaking information to a reporter....

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