Journalists are being arrested at a staggering and alarming rate — part of a larger crackdown on protest in the U.S.

On May 30, 2020, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his camera crew were reporting from Minneapolis on the protests that had erupted in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. …


The charges brought against the WikiLeaks founder would criminalize good reporting

The U.K. extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now in its third week, but you would hardly realize it if you read only mainstream news outlets. …


The Trump administration didn’t make the DHS into a freight train — it just stepped on the gas

Federal officers deploy tear gas at protestors in front of the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse in Portland, Oregon.

Against the wishes of the city’s leaders and amidst cries of illegality around the country, nameless Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents have continued to teargas, pepper-spray, shoot at, and generally terrorize protesters in Portland for the second week in a row. …


Oversight

And Adam Schiff, of all people, is the one giving it to him

For a few hours on Tuesday, it looked like the House of Representatives would finally vote to give Americans some much-needed online privacy protection against government abuse. …


OVERSIGHT

With newspapers experiencing declining ad revenues, senators proposed relief for local newsrooms in the next stimulus bill

Day in and day out, local newsrooms are doing heroic work in the face of the coronavirus. On-the-ground coverage has been crucial for communities looking to stymie outbreaks and for hospital workers who lack critical protective gear. Journalists have been declared “essential” workers in states that are on lockdown. And…


Oversight

The EARN IT Act would give the DOJ even more power to censor the internet

We already know the Trump administration, led by Attorney General William Barr, wants to find a way to ban end-to-end encryption — a vital security protection used by millions of Americans on their phones every day. Now a bipartisan group of senators, including leading Democrat Sen. …


Oversight

Trump is just the latest president to suppress reporting on his administration. It’s time for Congress to fight back.

The Senate is now firmly entrenched in hearing arguments over whether to hear witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial, and yet again, a key issue — former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s conversations with Trump about Ukraine — was first uncovered by the press.

Time and again during the impeachment saga…


Oversight

Attorney General William Barr is demanding Apple weaken its encryption — with disastrous implications for everyone’s security

The Trump administration is now engaged in a multipronged effort to pressure tech companies to weaken encryption protecting the privacy of billions of people. And make no mistake: They are blatantly lying about it to try to get their way.

First, Trump’s Justice Department targeted WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption for messaging…


Oversight

The Trump administration is yet again trying to start a major war based on lies. It needs to be stopped.

The rapid fallout of the Trump administration’s shocking assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has been both unsettling and predictable to anyone who has warned of the grave dangers of provoking a larger war with Iran.

It’s clear the Trump administration is actively deceiving the American public. It’s clear a…


Oversight

Bernie Sanders’ willingness to criticize America’s military operations makes him an outlier among 2020 Democrats

Bernie Sanders’ has repeatedly touted how his “radical” positions in 2016 — Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, debt-free college — have caught on with the public and become increasingly mainstream Democratic positions for the 2020 election.

But on foreign policy, as Sanders has tried to carve out a…

Trevor Timm

Trevor Timm is the executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation. His writing has appeared the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Intercept.

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