Freedom of Press

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 6: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) questions Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the …

Cory Booker Accuses Journalist of Violating Constitution with Question

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker accused Wall Street Journal reporter Byron Tau of violating the U.S. Constitution with a question on Thursday’s misleading remarks about releasing “confidential” emails concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the Planned Parenthood Action Fund on June 10, 2016

Planned Parenthood Pushes Bill Penalizing Undercover Journalists For Exposing Corruption

Still scrambling to defend itself against an undercover exposé that revealed its alleged fetal tissue harvesting practices, abortion giant Planned Parenthood is now pushing a bill through the California state legislature that would punish undercover journalists for publishing and distributing recordings of private communication with a “health care provider.”

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SC Legislator Wants Registry for Journalists

On Tuesday, a South Carolina state representative who attempted to keep the Confederate flag flying outside the statehouse, and was investigated by the Post and Courier for his spending habits, introduced a bill designed to create a registry for journalists.

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Missouri Professor Who Wanted News Photog Muscled May Lose Appointment

In a statement released Tuesday, the dean of the Journalism School at the University of Missouri announced that assistant professor Melissa Click may lose her “courtesy appointment” with the School of Journalism for her aggressive confrontation with student journalists.

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Students Boycott, Destroy Newspaper that Criticized Black Lives Matter

A group of students at Wesleyan University are demanding “safe space” for students of color and declaring they intend to “dispose of” copies of the school newspaper found on campus until their demands are met. The demands arose after the paper ran an opinion piece critical of the Black Lives Matter movement last week.


Former Legislator: Ban Political Ads from Canadian TV, Radio

A former Canadian Liberal legislator is calling for a permanent ban on political television and radio ads in Canada, citing the status quo of restrictions on political messaging in Britain as his model. In Britain, John Milloy says, “major political parties” are each apportioned an equal amount of time by on government-licensed television stations to make their pitches.


Terror Group Al-Shabaab Continues Murder Spree of Somali Journalists

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) released a statement to encourage Somali authorities to do more to protect journalists, who face extraordinary danger in practicing their craft. They claim freedom of expression is under fire in the country due to numerous attacks on journalists.

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Event at U.N. Touting Press Freedom Was Barred to the Press

An event held at the United Nations, aimed at exploring the topic of press freedom, had everything going for it but members of the press. As it happens, the event was ironically closed to the press by UN security.

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Mexican Journalist Fired for Exposing Government Corruption

Mexico’s efforts to silence critical media have proven successful with the recent firing of one of the few hard hitting journalists in that country along with her staff.

Last week, a number of independent news outlets announced a team effort to create an anti-corruption outlet called #Mexicoleaks. The effort called for brave citizens to leak documents to the group which after vetted would be published by all the outlets in an effort to make a dent in Mexico’s ever growing corruption. The effort went viral though Twitter and Facebook, however the news quickly turned away from the effort when one of the group’s leaders became a target of her own outlet.