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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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