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Exploiting tragedy: Police in Uvalde and Buffalo clamp down on free press

Police have used the aftermath of mass shootings to restrict press access and threaten arrest of journalists on the ground, according to recent reporting by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. In each of those cities, as tragedy unfolded and reporters began working, they have faced unnecessary hurdles erected by law enforcement and public officials.

Why press protections need legislative teeth, in DOJ’s own words

We’ve repeatedly argued that legislation is necessary to resolve questions about when the Department of Justice media guidelines apply and to provide accountability in case of violations. So, what kind of accountability is there now?

Secret Justice Dept. subpoena drives home the need for a strong journalist shield law

With a reporter surveillance scandal of its own embroiling Biden’s Department of Justice, it’s now more important than ever for his administration to throw its weight behind passing a journalist shield law such as Senator Ron Wyden’s PRESS Act.

The Supreme Court leaks keep coming — and that’s good

In the week since Politico dropped its blockbuster reporting on a draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the floodgates of leaks have opened. That’s a good thing.

FPF, dozens of groups condemn LA County sheriff’s retaliatory statements against reporter

The Los Angeles County sheriff’s public threat of retaliatory investigation into a reporter is an outrageous press freedom violation, and Freedom of the Press Foundation has joined over two dozen groups last week in a letter condemning that action.

What’s worse than NYPD press credentialing? An unfair mayor’s office process

New York City Hall is out of line in demanding information about the criminal backgrounds and open cases of journalists applying for press credentials.

Fair use win in screenshot case is a victory for media reporting

In an important ruling for the press’s ability to report freely on the work of other outlets, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that including a screenshot in an article commenting on another article's reporting is not copyright infringement. This is welcome news in an age where copyright can be used to restrict what newspapers can and can’t say about each other.

Senate FOIA hearing brings hard questions for government witnesses

Lawmakers called for modernization and an answer to a “basic question about how FOIA is operating in the context of new technology.”

How independent and international news orgs are circumventing censorship in Russia

Russia has cracked down extensively on independent reporting within its borders since it invaded Ukraine last month, leading many outlets to cease publishing or pull editorial staff from the country entirely. Still, international and independent news outlets that would face official censorship within Russia are finding ways to distribute uncensored news to avid readers.

Supreme Court entrenches ‘state secrets’ privilege, dealing a blow to accountability

The Supreme Court upheld and potentially expanded its pernicious “state secrets” privilege in two opinions late last week relating to expansive government surveillance and anti-terrorism programs.