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How Trump’s government shutdown ground transparency to a halt

During Trump’s 35 day partial government shutdown—the longest in history—FOIA requests and FOIA litigation ground to a halt.

Federal court dismisses dangerous charges in lawsuit that threatens First Amendment

A lawsuit by a logging company against environmental groups is a prime example of how corporations bring lawsuits in an attempt to drain their critics of resources and intimidate them into silence.

Another ‘ag-gag’ law struck down as a First Amendment violation, yet several states still have them in place

Despite a long history of journalists going undercover to investigate and shed light on secretive industries like the animal agriculture industry, several states have statutes—commonly known as ‘ag gag ...

Canadian police block journalists from covering pipeline protest in British Columbia

The Royal Mounted Canadian Police are preventing journalists from covering members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s opposition to the construction of a natural gas pipeline that would ...

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker in 2018: Year two of documenting attacks on the press in the Trump era

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker documented numerous attacks on journalists and press freedom rights across the country in 2018, from arrests to physical attacks and prosecutions of sources.

Federal judge reinstates CNN reporter’s press pass after Trump revoked it for critical coverage

After the White House unilaterally revoked CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass last week, a federal judge has temporarily ordered the White House to reinstate it immediately.

Good riddance to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, enemy of press freedom

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned yesterday, apparently at the request of President Donald Trump. During his two years in office, Sessions has used the power of the Justice Department to lead a crackdown on civil liberties and press freedom. As the ACLU remarked, Sessions “was the worst attorney general in modern American history."

How new state legislation is making reporting on pipeline protests a felony

The ability of the press to cover pipeline protests is critical—but some states are passing legislation that drastically escalates penalties for journalists who do so.

Important new report sheds light on the US government’s border stops of journalists

A new report by the Committee to Protect to Journalists details officials’ unacceptable targeting of reporters at the border, including interrogating them about their work and pressuring them to hand over devices and passwords.

One year on, the push for change since the murder of Malta's most famous investigative journalist

Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered on October 16, 2017. Her death has divided Malta and shaken governmental and journalistic institutions to their core. The year since has functioned as a national reckoning, a questioning, and a movement.