Major news outlets must push Biden DOJ to drop Assange charges — their press freedom rights are at stake

As major news organizations are meet with the the Department of Justice today to discuss the recent journalist surveillance scandals, it’s vitally important that they press the Attorney General to drop the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. If the case continues, it would render the new press freedom progress worthless.

In a sea change for press freedom, Biden administration vows not to spy on reporters doing their job

The Biden admin, following the revelation of several scandals involving the DOJ spying on journalists, says it will end the practice.

Documenting an extraordinary year of press freedom violations

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has published an overview of a truly remarkable year’s worth of press freedom violations during nationwide protests. The Tracker builds on individually reported incidents to provide the definitive telling of the crackdown on journalists that emerged alongside the protests.

Surveillance of CNN reporter underscores urgency of Justice Department ban on journalist spying

The Trump administration's Department of Justice secretly obtained the phone and email records of a CNN journalist last year. Senator Wyden has called on the Biden admin to categorically bar the surveillance of journalists in order to root out their sources.

Offsetting the carbon costs from the Snowden NFT charity auction

Freedom of the Press Foundation has dedicated a portion of the proceeds from the auction of “Stay Free,” Edward Snowden’s record-breaking NFT artwork, to purchasing carbon offsets to address the emissions associated with the sale. We requested an estimate of the NFT’s output from the decarbonization platform Aerial, and opted for the very top of the estimated range.

Intimidation tactic: Police photograph faces, press passes of journalists covering protests

Law enforcement officers have photographed the faces or IDs of nearly three dozen journalists in Oregon and Minnesota in recent months, according to new data published by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. These measures don’t appear to serve any law enforcement purpose beyond intimidating reporters who are doing their job.

Biden administration defends Trump’s indefensible surveillance of reporters

Department of Justice subpoenas for the phone records of three Washington Post reporters represent an outrageous invasion of the First Amendment rights of journalists to communicate with sources, and the defense of their use by the Biden administration raises alarming questions about its commitment to press freedom.

Lawmakers can support journalists, but only by actually listening to them first

In the past two months, lawmakers in Florida and New Jersey have advanced misguided proposals that would effectively classify assaults on journalists as hate crimes. These proposals would do little to fix the underlying issues and would likely create a host of new problems.

Historic Snowden NFT auction benefits Freedom of the Press Foundation

Freedom of the Press Foundation has received the proceeds from the sale of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s first original NFT artwork, sold at auction today for 2,224 ETH (approximately $5.5 million).

Whistleblower Edward Snowden to hold charity NFT auction

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will auction a work of original art as an NFT on Thursday on foundation.app, with 100% of the proceeds of the sale benefitting Freedom of the Press Foundation, the non-profit organization where he has served as president of the board of directors since 2016.