Music industry forces widely used journalist tool offline

The popular free software project “youtube-dl” was removed from Github on Friday following a legal notice from the Recording Industry Association of America claiming it violates copyright law. The tool is widely used by journalists for various reporting purposes.

How would Trump shut down reporting on his taxes and COVID case? Look to his Assange prosecution.

Could this presidential administration bring charges against the New York Times for publishing information about Donald Trump's tax returns? Could its Department of Justice claim health privacy laws are being violated when news outlets report on the massive cluster of coronavirus infections currently spreading in the White House?

Onions on the side: Tracking Tor availability for reader privacy on major news sites

“Onion services,” a technology offered by Tor to ensure users can securely and privately visit particular websites, can provide a major step forward for readers who rely on the Tor network for its privacy and censorship-resistance properties.

Press freedom experts in Assange extradition hearing testify to dangers to journalism

The extradition hearing in the trial of Wikileaks editor Julian Assange is now halfway complete, and the court has heard from two Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founders—executive director Trevor Timm and board member Daniel Ellsberg—as expert witnesses for the defense.

Police accountability depends on transparency. Across the state, New York cops are resisting.

The unfolding story of the Daniel Prude case has been a testament to the importance of transparency laws in police accountability. Across New York State, police departments and unions have resisted those efforts.

The George Floyd protests started three months ago today. More than 700 journalists have reported press freedom violations since.

An unprecedented press freedom crisis has been unfolding around the country for the past three months.

Draconian ‘national security’ law already muzzling Hong Kong’s journalists

Hong Kong police have arrested Jimmy Lai, publisher of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, and his two sons under collusion charges associated with the country’s controversial new national security law. Under the notoriously vague law, China has claimed the jurisdiction to silence essentially anyone that criticizes the Chinese Communist Party or publicly supports the pro-democracy movement.

DHS agents have reportedly injured at least 30 journalists in Portland

A disturbing federal assault on journalists is unfolding in Portland.

Computer crime at the Supreme Court: Freedom of the Press Foundation and others weigh in on an upcoming CFAA case

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in a highly anticipated case, which has attracted over a dozen amicus briefs from experts around the country. Today we're highlighting some of the important speech arguments that directly affect journalists, presented in a selection of those briefs.

The amended EARN IT Act remains a threat to press freedom

The full Senate is expected to vote on the controversial EARN IT Act in the coming days, after unanimous approval from the Judiciary Committee on July 2. EARN IT would open the door to criminalizing encryption protections and increase censorship online, posing a significant threat to press freedom and whistleblowers.