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Surveillance and Wars on Whistleblowers Leading to Less Press FreedomMongolian Media Goes Dark to Protest Press Freedom Threat ...Canada drops four spots on the World Press Freedom IndexHouse Freedom Caucus backs revised health-care law repealTrump's Threat to Libel Law: How the President Seeks to Silence CriticsEskinder Nega: 2017 Press Freedom Hero at Tadias MagazineUSCIRF Releases 2017 Annual ReportSweden boasts second place in press freedom ranking - The LocalOn eve of World Press Freedom Day event in Jakarta, HRW says ...The free press is in really bad shape around the world. A new report says populism is to blame.Another Republican health care plan emerges'Media Freedom Under Threat More Than Ever,' Watchdog WarnsIndonesia: Journalists Under AssaultJoint Letter to the European Parliament to Adopt a Resolution on the Situation in HungaryEthiopia's Eskinder Nega named IPI Press Freedom Hero

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Amid Leaks, Recalling an Epic Battle Over Press Freedom in Nixon Era
New York TimesMarch 27, 2017

President Barack Obama may have publicly extolled the virtues of a free press, but his government pressed criminal charges against more people for news leaks than all previous administrations combined. Rhetorically, anyway, Mr. .... “Can you really ...more »

John Lott Q&A: The Fallacy Of One-Gun-A-Month Laws
America's 1st Freedom (press release) (blog)April 6, 2017

We decided to ask criminologist John Lott, author of the new book, The War On Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, about that editorial and one-gun-a-month laws in general. A1F Daily: A Daily Press editorial on Monday asked, “How Many Guns ...more »

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Surveillance and Wars on Whistleblowers Leading to Less Press Freedom
Reason (blog)April 27, 2017

Julian Assange Dominic Lipinski/ZUMA Press/NewscomReporters Without Borders, an organization analyzing and defending a free media worldwide, just released its 2017 rankings list and has determined that media freedom is on the decline. It has calculated ...more »

Mongolian Media Goes Dark to Protest Press Freedom Threat ...
U.S. News & World ReportApril 27, 2017

ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) - Blank screens and red text warning about threats to press freedom interrupted Mongolian television late on Wednesday to protest ...more »

Canada drops four spots on the World Press Freedom Index
BBC NewsApril 26, 2017

A number of high-profile incidents of police action against journalists in Canada have raised concerns. Press organisations have called on the government to shore up laws protecting free speech and media sources. The UK was ranked 40, down five spots, ...more »

House Freedom Caucus backs revised health-care law repeal
Winston-Salem JournalApril 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The conservative House Freedom Caucus is backing the latest health care proposal as the White House tries to revive efforts to repeal Democrat Barack Obama's law. In a statement on Wednesday, the 40 or so hard-line members who ...more »

Trump's Threat to Libel Law: How the President Seeks to Silence Critics
Truth-OutApril 26, 2017

Trump has repeatedly promised to use his power as president to suppress the freedom of the press, saying, "We're going to open up those libel laws...." On March 30, Trump reiterated his promise in a tweet attacking the "failing" New York Times that ...more »

Eskinder Nega: 2017 Press Freedom Hero at Tadias Magazine
Tadias MagazineApril 26, 2017

IPI, which is a global network of journalists, editors and media executives, has named Ethiopia's Eskinder Nega the 2017 World Press Freedom Hero. (Image: IPI).more »

USCIRF Releases 2017 Annual Report
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (press release)April 26, 2017

The International Religious Freedom Act requires the U.S. government to designate as a “country of particular concern,” or CPC, any country whose government engages in or tolerates particularly severe religious freedom violations that are systematic, ...more »

Sweden boasts second place in press freedom ranking - The Local
The Local SwedenApril 26, 2017

Sweden is the second-best country in the world for press freedom, in spite of an overall trend for declining media freedom in the 'post-truth' era.more »

On eve of World Press Freedom Day event in Jakarta, HRW says ...
CoconutsApril 26, 2017

Next Wednesday, May 3, is World Press Freedom Day, which was initiated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to ...more »

The free press is in really bad shape around the world. A new report says populism is to blame.
Washington PostApril 26, 2017

In the past five years, the level of media freedom constraints and violations has risen 14 percent worldwide. ... Germany, for example, passed a law extending mass surveillance powers of the country's intelligence agency without an exception for ...more »

Another Republican health care plan emerges
Press HeraldApril 26, 2017

Those talks, according to the White House officials, were mostly concentrated on the insurance requirements in the current law, with Freedom Caucus leaders offering recommended changes to the White House. Many of their changes were accepted, ...more »

'Media Freedom Under Threat More Than Ever,' Watchdog Warns
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyApril 26, 2017

The press rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is warning that media freedom is increasingly threatened under authoritarian regimes as well as in countries regarded as models of democracy. The Paris-based group says in its 2017 World Press ...more »

Indonesia: Journalists Under Assault
Human Rights WatchApril 26, 2017

“World Press Freedom Day should be a time to celebrate the role journalists play in society, but in Indonesia the focus too often is on reporters' fears,” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Indonesian government should ...more »

Joint Letter to the European Parliament to Adopt a Resolution on the Situation in Hungary
Human Rights Watch (press release)April 25, 2017

In view of the situation in Hungary, we are writing to request your active intervention to support civil society, press freedom, academic freedom, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Europe. Attacks on independent universities and civil society ...more »

Ethiopia's Eskinder Nega named IPI Press Freedom Hero
AllAfrica.comApril 25, 2017

Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega, who has been imprisoned since 2011 after criticising his country's abuse of anti-terror laws to silence the press, has been named the International Press Institute (IPI)'s 69th World Press Freedom Hero ...more »

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