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 [...]

Coalition Files Lawsuit Against Idaho Ag-Gag Law That Targets Journalism, Whistleblowing & Speech

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 10:04 am

A coalition of groups and journalists are challenging a law passed in Idaho, which makes it possible for anyone who secretly films or records animal abuse to be jailed for up to a year. In February, Idaho became the seventh state to pass an ag-gag law—a farm secrecy statute aimed at political speech on industrial [...]

‘Most Transparent Administration Ever™’—Obama Administration Makes Mockery of Open Government

By: Monday March 17, 2014 9:33 am

Days after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, he pledged to have his administration create an “unprecedented level of openness in government.” Then-chief of staff, Jack Lew, later contended the administration was the “most transparent administration ever.” At a rally in 2010, Obama told the public, “We have put in place the toughest ethics laws and toughest transparency rules of any administration in [...]

Journalist Barrett Brown Wins a Victory in His Case as Government Dismisses Charges Related to Link-Sharing

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 1:19 pm

Journalist Barrett Brown has won a huge victory. The government has moved to dismiss all of the counts related to his sharing of a link to a file from the private intelligence firm, Stratfor, that was already publicly available to others. The government dismissed one count of trafficking in “stolen authentication features” count and ten [...]

Lawyers for Journalist Barrett Brown Challenge Government’s Criminalization of Link-Sharing

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 11:09 am

Critical update: Government dismisses charges related to link-sharing. Lawyers for Barrett Brown, an activist, author and journalist, have filed motions to dismiss several of the offenses, which he faces. Dismissal motions related to the charges stemming from sharing a link and allegedly obstructing justice by placing laptops in a residence prior to the execution of [...]

NSA Director’s Comments Suggest Anti-Leaks Legislation Being Secretly Developed in Response to Snowden

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 9:01 pm

At a panel on cyber security at Georgetown University, the National Security Agency (NSA) director made statements that suggested the NSA has been working on some kind of “media leaks legislation.” The legislation would obviously be in response to the disclosures from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, but, until now, there has been no public [...]

Journalist Glenn Greenwald Suggests He Is Likely to Return to US to Accept Polk Award

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 3:55 pm

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who won a prestigious award for reporting on National Security Agency documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, says he will return to the United States to accept the award in April. (Washington Post journalist Barton Gellman, who received documents from Snowden, won an award as well.) Greenwald, along with Ewen MacAskill and [...]

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