Source Protection

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Freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, left, is seen with his attorney, Thomas Burke, at a panel event held by the Society of Professional Journalists in San Francisco on August 13, 2019. Police raided Carmody's home and office in May while investigating the leak of a report on the death of a San Francisco public defender. (AP/Juliet Williams)

Carmody case shows grave police overreach, say lawyers

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, CPJ reported at the time.

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The Federal Justice building is seen in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 27, 2019. Journalist Daniel Santoro has been summoned to appear before an Argentine federal court, which has already subpoenaed his phone records. (AFP/Juan Mabromata)

Argentine journalist Daniel Santoro summoned, phone records seized in extortion investigation

Miami, July 16, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over an Argentine court’s summons of journalist Daniel Santoro and urged authorities to respect the confidentiality of journalistic sources.

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The logo of the General Directorate for Internal Security, France's domestic intelligence agency, is seen at its headquarters in Levallois-Perret on July 13, 2018. The agency has recently summoned reporters for questioning in a leak investigation. (AFP/Gerard Julien)

French reporters questioned by intelligence service in leak investigation

Berlin, May 14, 2019 — The General Directorate for Internal Security, France’s domestic intelligence agency, should stop pursuing investigative journalists Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal, and Benoît Collombat in a leak investigation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Security camera footage shows police during a raid on the home of freelancer Bryan Carmody, in San Francisco, on May 10. Officers confiscated electronic devices and documents. (Bryan Carmody)

San Francisco police raid freelancer Bryan Carmody’s home

New York May 13, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a raid by San Francisco police on the home of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, and called on authorities to immediately return electronic devices, documents, and other seized property.

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CPJ calls on US Customs and Border Protection agency to reschedule meeting

CPJ calls on Andrew Meehan, Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs, to reschedule the meeting as soon as possible on the treatment of journalists at U.S. borders

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The Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C. The aggressive pursuit of people suspected of leaking information to the press is having an impact on reporting, national security journalists say. (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

Leak prosecutions under Trump chill national security beat

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.” Such equivocation was troubling to press…

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Pedestrians wait to cross into the U.S. at the Otay Mesa port of entry with Mexico in San Diego, California. Several journalists say CBP agents questioned them about their reporting on a migrant caravan as they crossed into Mexico. (Reuters/Jorge Duenes)

Several journalists say US border agents questioned them about migrant coverage

New York, February 11, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is harassing journalists or subjecting them to invasive questioning during secondary screening when they cross into the United States.

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Police stand between journalists and the Spanish public prosecutor outside the courthouse of Palma de Mallorca on the island of Mallorca in February, 2017. Police in December 2018 confiscated equipment and documents from two news outlets in connection to a leak investigation. (Jaime Reina/AFP)

Spanish police search newsroom, seize journalists’ equipment in leaks investigation

Berlin, December 13, 2018–Spanish authorities should immediately return equipment and documentation seized from the news agency Europa Press and from journalists working for the Diario de Mallorca daily newspaper and ensure that journalists can protect the confidentiality of their sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Canada's Supreme Court has ruled Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch must hand over details of communication with a source. (VICE News)

Canada’s Supreme Court rules against Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch

New York, November 30, 2018–The Canadian Supreme Court today upheld a lower court ruling that Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch should hand over his communications with a source. In a 9-0 decision, the court dismissed an appeal from Vice Media Canada Inc. and Makuch that challenged a Royal Canadian Mounted Police order requiring Makuch to…

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Honduran migrants take part in a caravan toward the U.S. in Chiquimula, Guatemala, on October 17. CPJ has issued safety advice for journalists covering the caravan as it passes through Mexico. (AFP/Orlando Estrada)

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the migrant caravan

UPDATED: This safety advisory was updated on February 15, 2019. In October 2018, thousands of migrants travelled as part of a caravan that departed San Pedro Sula in Honduras for the U.S. As the caravan attempted to cross Mexico, the risk increased for any journalists accompanying it.

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