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White House official says 'we've looked at' changes to libel laws that would restrict press freedomJournalists honor press freedom at a dinner without TrumpActivists join forces to slam media gagCould Assange Claim a First Amendment Defense?Thailand: Govt must withdraw 'repressive' media law – rights groupMedia Are Our Best Hope On World Press Freedom DayNew report from Index on Censorship paints a bleak picture for U.S. press freedomThailand: Draft Media Law Threatens News ReportingStudent Free Press Act would protect rights of student journalistsEthiopian journalist Eskinder Nega named press freedom hero ahead of WPFDWhere Is ASEAN On Press Freedom?Clamping down on whistle-blowers a 'retrograde' stepPoll: 73% of Republicans say the media is abusing its First Amendment freedom of the press An error occurred.Why press freedom is under the cosh in the UK | Jane Martinson ...Surveillance and Wars on Whistleblowers Leading to Less Press Freedom

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Welcome Justice Gorsuch!
America's 1st Freedom (press release) (blog)April 11, 2017

Calling Gorsuch a man of “unmatched qualification” who is “deeply devoted” to the Constitution, President Donald Trump sees a bright future for freedom with Gorsuch on the high court. “We are here to celebrate history,” ... The presumed nomination of a ...more »

Activist sues to get Detroit demolition records
Detroit Free PressApril 19, 2017

Right after the subpoenas were released in late December, Davis (and, separately, the Free Press) filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the records investigators requested. Davis' FOIA request was granted, but it would cost $47,075. The ...more »

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White House official says 'we've looked at' changes to libel laws that would restrict press freedom
ABC NewsApril 30, 2017

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said the Trump administration has "looked at" changes to libel laws that would curtail press freedoms, but said "whether that goes anywhere is a different story." President Trump frequently slams the press for ...more »

Journalists honor press freedom at a dinner without Trump
WHIOApril 30, 2017

Instead, speakers at the dinner promoted press freedom and responsibility and challenged Trump's accusations of dishonest reporting. The stars of the night were Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who recounted what they learned ...more »

Activists join forces to slam media gag
Bangkok PostApril 30, 2017

"The misnamed media rights and freedom law is the junta's latest attempt to increase government interference and control of any independent news reporting," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "Passage of this law would mean that ...more »

Could Assange Claim a First Amendment Defense?
NewsweekApril 30, 2017

Why should journalists, as well as others concerned about freedom of the press, care about whether the government decides to prosecute Julian Assange? 04_30_Assange_First_01 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looks out of the window of the ... Because of ...more »

Thailand: Govt must withdraw 'repressive' media law – rights group
Asian CorrespondentApril 30, 2017

While the NRSA remains adamant the measure is not designed to constrain freedom of the press, both the public and several media outlets have expressed concern that, if passed into law, it will directly affect the media's role in scrutinising the state ...more »

Media Are Our Best Hope On World Press Freedom Day
Huffington Post South Africa (blog)April 29, 2017

The persistent application of national security laws to punish media or further tighten limitations on freedom of expression has sent a chill through global newsrooms. The redlines are thickening, in many cases multiplying around so many stories; for ...more »

New report from Index on Censorship paints a bleak picture for U.S. press freedom
Poynter (blog)April 28, 2017

Online harassment: Journalists such as Megyn Kelly have faced slurs and threats online as social media has made harassment ubiquitous and easy. The report cites the case of Rosa Brooks, a professor of law at Georgetown University, who was accused of ...more »

Thailand: Draft Media Law Threatens News Reporting
Human Rights Watch (press release)April 28, 2017

“The misnamed media rights and freedom law is the junta's latest attempt to increase government interference and control of any independent news reporting,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Passage of this draft law would mean that reporters in ...more »

Student Free Press Act would protect rights of student journalists
HollandSentinel.comApril 28, 2017

House Bill 4551, introduced by State Rep. Darrin Camilleri, D-Brownstown Township, would be known as the Student Free Press Act and would offer “protection for freedom of expression for student journalists in public schools and institutions of higher ...more »

Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega named press freedom hero ahead of WPFD
IFEXApril 28, 2017

Nega's comments were preceded by a wave of detentions under Ethiopia's broad 2009 anti-terror law, including those of journalists Woubshet Taye and Reeyot Alemu - the 2013 recipient of the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize - as well ...more »

Where Is ASEAN On Press Freedom?
The DiplomatApril 28, 2017

... on the 2017 annual World Press Freedom Index, with notably big falls registered by Thailand, where the media industry is increasingly muzzled by a military government, and in Cambodia where criminal defamation laws are being used to silence dissent.more »

Clamping down on whistle-blowers a 'retrograde' step
Aljazeera.comApril 28, 2017

The "fake news" furore rumbles on while traditional media is under a number of threats: struggling business models; loss of trust from many directions; journalists under surveillance and threatened by authoritarians; and an increasingly nervous ...more »

Poll: 73% of Republicans say the media is abusing its First Amendment freedom of the press An error occurred.
Hot AirApril 28, 2017

Is it an abuse of press freedom to make an honest mistake in reporting or are only deliberate lies abusive? If the latter, should we change defamation law to make it easier for public figures like Trump to sue news outlets for good-faith mistakes? Same ...more »

Why press freedom is under the cosh in the UK | Jane Martinson ...
The GuardianApril 27, 2017

Thanks to draconian surveillance laws Britain has slipped to 40th in the press freedom rankings. And this election does not promise any improvement.more »

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 »

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