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Guardian bombshells in an escalating battle against journalism

Greenwald partner’s detention, prior-restraint threats, and smashed hard drives

Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger filed an astonishing column tonight that shows just how far the British authorities are going to... More

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Chicago police respect public’s right to record

Despite Illinois’s draconian wiretapping law

When it comes to preventing citizens from recording police, Illinois has the most severe restrictions in the US. State law... More

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Federal judge: Delayed access to court records raises First Amendment concerns

Courthouse News editor sees “nationwide plague”—and he’ll get a chance to make his case

It's been a routine for generations of legal beat reporters: Every weekday afternoon, at courthouses across the United States, a... More

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How the First Amendment challenge to lethal-injection secrecy came together

Media organizations take the transparency fight to court in Missouri

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — Missouri’s death-penalty regime took two shots across the bow on Thursday, as dual lawsuits were filed... More

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Media companies challenge FAA drone ban

The prohibition is a First Amendment issue, the companies say

The battle over domestic drone use just got a little hotter. This week, a number of media companies, including The... More

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Must-reads of the week

Secret-Surveillance-State Edition

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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Must-reads of the week

The First Upshot of Vox’s FiveThirtyEight Media

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... More

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New ‘injection secrecy’ law threatens First Amendment rights in Georgia

It deems information about lethal injections state secrets

Update: On Thursday afternoon, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail S. Tusan granted a stay of Hill's execution, concluding, among... More

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New gun laws restrict press access

In all this debate over the Second Amendment, they may be compromising the First

On Tuesday, New York state governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a gun control bill that includes provisions to keep... More

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The First Amendment argument against lethal-injection secrecy laws

It’s stronger than you might think

Update, 5/15: A media consortium consisting of The Associated Press, Guardian US, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Kansas City Star,... More

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The First Amendment vs. death penalty secrecy laws

In Missouri, it’s against the law to name pharmacies that produce drugs for lethal injections. Two news organizations did so anyway. What happens next?

From 1995 to 2006, when the state of Missouri executed a convict by lethal injection, the process was overseen by... More

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The other James Rosen

Dispatch from the Fox News reporter’s friend and byline twin

WASHINGTON -- I was at home, putting the finishing touches on an article for the Columbia Journalism Review, when my... More

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Toledo Blade lawsuit alleges military guards detained journalists, deleted photos

Editor: “Everything that happened that day made it apparent we couldn’t sit back and take it.”

The Toledo Blade filed a federal lawsuit Friday against various government officials after military police reportedly detained two of the... More

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What law did the Toledo Blade break? The Army won’t say

But we’ve got a guess—and the paper’s lawsuit could present the first challenge to the statute

After military police detained two journalists last month outside a military manufacturing plant, an Army spokesman said the journalists had... More

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You have a right to remain recording

Carlos Miller’s crusade for freedom of photography

On January 31, officers from the Miami-Dade and City of Miami Police Departments donned riot gear and headed to Government... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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