Parker Higgins

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Parker Higgins is the Director of Advocacy at Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is an artist, activist, and developer whose writing has appeared in Wired, Gizmodo, Techdirt, PBS Media Shift and The New Inquiry, and whose work has been covered in outlets such as Newsweek and NPR.

Parker was previously the Director of Copyright Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he wrote and spoke extensively about the importance of the open Web and its role in resisting censorship and surveillance. He is a graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an alum of Recurse Center in New York.

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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.