Congress must pass the Justice Dept’s new media surveillance rules into law

New rules prohibiting the surveillance of journalists are the strongest in the modern history of the Department of Justice — and that’s a big victory for press freedom. But it’s important to note that this new policy could be undone by a future Department of Justice memo.

Fifty years ago today, Senator Mike Gravel read the Pentagon Papers into the official record. More lawmakers should follow his lead.

While the New York Times and the Washington Post were tied up in the Supreme Court over whether they could report on the leaked Pentagon Papers, Senator Mike Gravel took matters into his own hands.

PayPal and Venmo enforcement procedures threaten First Amendment protected speech

PayPal and its subsidiary Venmo must bring more transparency and accountability to its practices around account freezes and closures, argues a new letter signed by Freedom of the Press Foundation and nearly two dozen human rights and civil liberties groups.

Major news outlets must push Biden DOJ to drop Assange charges — their press freedom rights are at stake

As major news organizations meet with the Department of Justice today to discuss the recent journalist surveillance scandals, it’s vitally important that they press the Attorney General to drop the prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. If the case continues, it would render the new press freedom progress worthless.

In a sea change for press freedom, Biden administration vows not to spy on reporters doing their job

The Biden admin, following the revelation of several scandals involving the DOJ spying on journalists, says it will end the practice.

Documenting an extraordinary year of press freedom violations

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has published an overview of a truly remarkable year’s worth of press freedom violations during nationwide protests. The Tracker builds on individually reported incidents to provide the definitive telling of the crackdown on journalists that emerged alongside the protests.

Surveillance of CNN reporter underscores urgency of Justice Department ban on journalist spying

The Trump administration's Department of Justice secretly obtained the phone and email records of a CNN journalist last year. Senator Wyden has called on the Biden admin to categorically bar the surveillance of journalists in order to root out their sources.

Offsetting the carbon costs from the Snowden NFT charity auction

Freedom of the Press Foundation has dedicated a portion of the proceeds from the auction of “Stay Free,” Edward Snowden’s record-breaking NFT artwork, to purchasing carbon offsets to address the emissions associated with the sale. We requested an estimate of the NFT’s output from the decarbonization platform Aerial, and opted for the very top of the estimated range.

Intimidation tactic: Police photograph faces, press passes of journalists covering protests

Law enforcement officers have photographed the faces or IDs of nearly three dozen journalists in Oregon and Minnesota in recent months, according to new data published by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. These measures don’t appear to serve any law enforcement purpose beyond intimidating reporters who are doing their job.

Biden administration defends Trump’s indefensible surveillance of reporters

Department of Justice subpoenas for the phone records of three Washington Post reporters represent an outrageous invasion of the First Amendment rights of journalists to communicate with sources, and the defense of their use by the Biden administration raises alarming questions about its commitment to press freedom.