Border Patrol Official: Agents Who Talk to Journalists About Immigrant Children May Be Charged with Crime

By: Friday June 13, 2014 5:31 pm

In an email the Associated Press obtained, an assistant chief patrol agent warns thousands of Border Patrol agents if they talk to journalists about the crisis with immigrant children crossing the US-Mexico border they may be charged with committing a crime. Eligio “Lee” Pena warned “more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents that journalists looking for [...]

After Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case, New York Times Reporter Could Go to Jail

By: Monday June 2, 2014 5:26 pm

The United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from New York Times reporter James Risen, who has fought to protect his confidential sources as President Barack Obama’s administration insists on forcing him to testify in a leak prosecution. Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is alleged to have given information to Risen on a [...]

In NYT Review of Greenwald’s Book, Vanity Fair Editor Endorses Criminalizing Journalists Who Publish Leaks

By: Thursday May 22, 2014 1:14 pm

The New York Times has published a review of journalist Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide, by Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Kinsley in which he madly endorses the interest the United States government may have in prosecuting journalists who publish leaks. Kinsley, who was once the co-host on CNN’s “Crossfire,” defends fellow [...]

Justice Department: Release of WikiLeaks Records Could Harm ‘Pending Future Prosecution’

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 8:59 am

The United States Justice Department has indicated in a lawsuit involving a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that records related to WikiLeaks must remain secret because the release may “cause articulable harm” to an ongoing Justice Department and FBI criminal investigation and “pending future prosecution.” The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) submitted a request [...]

When Journalists Oppose Using Leaked Documents But Favor Relying on Statements from Anonymous Officials

By: Wednesday May 7, 2014 12:47 pm

According to the survey by David Weaver and Lars Willnat, “The percentage of US journalists endorsing the occasional use of ‘confidential business or government documents without authorization’ dropped significantly from 81.8 percent in 1992 to 57.7 percent in 2013.” The survey was conducted online between August and December. That, perhaps, makes the findings even more remarkable: journalists [...]

Al Jazeera Journalist Recounts Torture He Allegedly Experienced at Hands of CACI Contractors at Abu Ghraib

By: Monday May 5, 2014 6:14 pm

An Al Jazeera journalist, who was once imprisoned at Abu Ghraib and allegedly tortured by private contractors with CACI International, is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit being brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Salah Hassan appeared on “Democracy Now!” to describe many details about his arrest, detention and torture, which he [...]

US Drops in Press Freedom Ranking as Result of Interfering with Reporting on National Security Issues

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 3:10 pm

While the United States government is not shooting and killing journalists, routinely withholding visas to foreign journalists or severely clamping down on online media, press freedom in the US has been declining, according to an annual report on global press freedom by Freedom House. The report indicates that the “open media environment” in the US [...]

US Military Censors Images of Soldiers Recorded by Miami Herald, Which They Let Army Journalists Publish

By: Monday April 28, 2014 4:25 pm

A video posted to YouTube by the Miami Herald shows how the United States military is now imposing a greater regime of censorship on the press, who are credentialed to cover the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Since 2002, reporters from the media organization had been reporting on the facility. Rarely has it been easy [...]

Pulitzer Prize Board Should’ve Awarded Individual Journalists as Well as Media Organizations for NSA Reporting

By: Monday April 14, 2014 5:35 pm

The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded The Guardian and The Washington Post prizes for journalism on National Security Agency documents from Edward Snowden that they considered a “public service.” But, notably, the individual journalists, whose bravery and courage made the stories themselves possible, were not recognized with awards. Snowden declared in a statement published by the [...]

Stephen Kim, the Espionage Act & the Country’s ‘Broken’ & ‘Unfair’ System for Prosecuting ‘Leaks’

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 10:18 am

Former State Department employee Stephen Kim is the second person, who leaked information to a reporter, to plead guilty to violating the Espionage Act. And, on Wednesday, he became the third person under President Barack Obama to be sentenced to prison for the “unauthorized disclosure of national defense information”—violating the World War I-era law intended [...]

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