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By
Barry Eisler
August 14, 2015

Well, I guess this is a thing now…people running for president musing about whether they might reintroduce the torture techniques Obama “prohibited” when he took office. The latest is Jeb Bush; three years ago, it was candidate Romney.

By
Trevor Timm
August 12, 2015

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving an unjust thirty-five year jail sentence and who has already been tortured under US military supervision, is now being threatened with "indefinite solitary confinement" for alleged infractions that are so minor it's actually hard to believe. 

By
Trevor Timm
August 5, 2015

Last week, the German government informed the popular news site Netzpolitik that two of its journalists were under investigation for treason for reporting on their government's mass surveillance programs - in other words they were being investigated for doing their job.

By
Trevor Timm
July 30, 2015

Today we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department over their unpublished rules for using National Security Letters and so-called informal “exigent letters” to conduct surveillance of journalists.

By
Trevor Timm
July 14, 2015

Today we’re proud to announce a major new crowd-funding campaign in support of whistleblower Chelsea Manning to help pay for her important legal appeal. Chelsea is currently in the process challenging of her unjust Espionage Act conviction and draconian 35-year jail sentence at the Army Court of Appeals.

By
Trevor Timm
July 14, 2015

Awarding-winning filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras sued the Department of Homeland Security and several other federal agencies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) yesterday, demanding an explanation for the dozens of times the US government detained and questioned her traveling over the border from 2006-2012.

By
Garrett Robinson
July 13, 2015

For years, computer security experts have bemoaned the poor security of popular browser plugins like Adobe Flash. Whether you realize it or not, your web browser uses these plug-ins all the time to play video on countless popular sites on the Internet - yet cybercriminals regularly exploit security holes in these same plugins to phish and defraud millions of ordinary computer users.

The risk is even greater for journalists: the recent Hacking Team leak shows that Flash exploits were an important component of their hacking tools, which have been used by authoritarian governments around the world that are known to target reporters, activists, and dissidents. The leak includes several previously unknown ("0-day") Flash exploits, which are already being incorporated into widely used exploit kits so anybody will be able to use them, not just Hacking Team and their customers. As of this writing, two of the Hacking Team Flash exploits remain unpatched - and there may be more yet to come as researchers continue to explore the dataset.

By
Garrett Robinson
July 10, 2015

Today we’re announcing SecureDrop 0.3.4, the latest release of SecureDrop, and publishing the results of the accompanying security audit by iSEC Partners. This is our fourth audit of SecureDrop and you can read the results of the previous three audits here.

By
Kevin Gallagher
June 22, 2015

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, recently called for outside comments on the protection of sources and whistleblowers around the world and will be presenting a report on the subject to the UN General Assembly in October 2015. Freedom of the Press Foundation submitted our comments to the Special Rapporteur yesterday, which you can read in full below.

By
Barry Eisler
June 6, 2015

It was great to read this Edward Snowden New York Times op-ed—great because the piece is as thoughtful and informative as you’d expect, and even better because it’s an example of Snowden’s continuing ability to raise awareness of the dangers of an unchecked surveillance state.

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A First Amendment showdown looming in lawsuit tied to the David Petraeus case: multiple reporters may be subpoenaed http://t.co/EM1xbt0PCz
The Pentagon responds to outrage over its claim that journalists can be classified as "unprivileged belligerents" http://t.co/cfsBxlqgea
RT @SecureDrop: Are you a Redmine plugin developer looking for contract work? Want to help developers work securely? Get in touch: securedr…
RT @JasonLeopold: Turkey was the world's leading jailer of journalists in 2012 and 2013, and ranked near the top in 2014. http://t.co/chg3w