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.

Lawmakers can support journalists, but only by actually listening to them first

In the past two months, lawmakers in Florida and New Jersey have advanced misguided proposals that would effectively classify assaults on journalists as hate crimes. These proposals would do little to fix the underlying issues and would likely create a host of new problems.

Historic Snowden NFT auction benefits Freedom of the Press Foundation

Freedom of the Press Foundation has received the proceeds from the sale of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s first original NFT artwork, sold at auction today for 2,224 ETH (approximately $5.5 million).

Whistleblower Edward Snowden to hold charity NFT auction

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will auction a work of original art as an NFT on Thursday on foundation.app, with 100% of the proceeds of the sale benefitting Freedom of the Press Foundation, the non-profit organization where he has served as president of the board of directors since 2016.

LAPD's flagrant disregard for freedom of the press

After a tumultuous 2020 saw unprecedented numbers of journalists arrested and detained, some held hope that police departments would learn from public backlash and change their behavior. In a coordinated crackdown on protests that included the arrest or detention of more than a dozen journalists, the Los Angeles Police Department showed last week that it has done no such thing.

It’s time for Biden to take action on transparency and press freedom

As we come to the end of Sunshine Week — the long-running annual initiative focusing on government transparency — we're taking a look at how the first few months of the Biden administration have shaped up on that front.

Iowa reporter Andrea Sahouri acquitted on charges that never should have been brought in the first place

A jury in Polk County, Iowa voted to acquit reporter Andrea Sahouri after she was arrested last summer while covering a protest. The case has been widely criticized by press freedom and human rights advocates around the world.