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When algorithms come for journalists

Journalists — especially those without institutional newsroom support — rely on tools from major tech companies like Google and YouTube for newsgathering, production and distribution as a matter of course. As these information giants publicly wrestle with controversial content moderation decisions that dominate headlines and Congressional hearings, their decisions also run the risk of stifling routine reporting.

Press freedom coalition calls on Biden's Justice Dept. to drop the Assange prosecution

A coalition of two dozen press freedom, civil liberties, and human rights groups call for an immediate end to the prosecution of Julian Assange by Biden's Department of Justice.

The Biden admin’s press freedom record should be judged on actions, not just rhetoric

Talking about the importance of press freedom is nice, actually protecting it is much better.

An NYPD lie about journalist arrests shows why it must not control press credentials

A photojournalist and a documentary filmmaker were among 10 people violently arrested by NYPD officers on Sunday, undermining the department's denial that journalists were arrested.

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.

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.