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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.

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.

Book publishing and prior restraint under Trump

“Prior restraint” — or the attempt by individuals or governments to use courts to censor books or newspapers before publication — has become a tool increasingly relied upon by President Trump and his inner circle.

Press freedom violations at George Floyd protests by the numbers: a shocking and unprecedented level of attacks on journalists

In the days since the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd began in Minneapolis, attacks on journalists and press freedom have been recorded at an unprecedented level. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is investigating or has confirmed 242 such incidents—including physical assaults, arrests, damaged equipment, and more.

Senate blocks crucial internet privacy protections in Patriot Act debate

Despite online privacy concerns at an all-time high, the Senate rejected a critical reform to the Patriot Act yesterday, voting to hand the Trump administration and Attorney General William Barr the ability to spy on Americans’ web browsing habits without a warrant.

Supreme Court goes live in the age of COVID, and rules on press freedom issues

The Supreme Court will take the unprecedented step of broadcasting its oral arguments for two weeks beginning today, enacting in response to the coronavirus pandemic a measure that government transparency advocates have demanded for years.

Brave whistleblowers are being punished for saving lives during a pandemic

The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the importance of whistleblowers to a free and unfettered press. Throughout this emergency, it has been whistleblowers playing a critical role in informing the general public and forcing governments to make important public health decisions.

Government transparency cannot be a coronavirus casualty

Government agencies from the local to federal level are failing to live up to their legal transparency obligations even as the stakes for access to relevant information are at an all-time high.

The most dangerous press freedom issue of 2020 is Trump’s prosecution of Julian Assange

The extradition process for Julian Assange has officially gotten underway. When the charges were originally revealed last year, Freedom of the Press Foundation led the charge in denouncing them, and we were joined by the unanimous voices of the civil liberties and press freedom community.

How do newsrooms get their news tips? We reviewed over 80 news outlets

We looked at over 80 news sites to measure how different newsrooms can get sensitive tips from sources.