Freedom of the Press Foundation releases its priorities and objectives for the next three years

The world is experiencing a dangerous surge in authoritarianism and attacks against fundamental freedoms. Today, journalists are routinely described as “enemies of the people”, surveilled, physically assaulted, and arrested—even in the United States. To protect democracy, we must protect press freedom. At Freedom of the Press Foundation, we use our diverse expertise and networks to …

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An NYPD lie about journalist arrests shows why it must not control press credentials

photo by Anthony Quintano, CC BY 2.0 A photojournalist who spent this summer documenting New York’s civil unrest and a documentary filmmaker were among 10 people violently arrested by NYPD officers in full body armor at a protest in Manhattan on Sunday. Video shows police roughly arresting Chae Kihn and Ashley Dorelus even as multiple …

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Music industry forces widely used journalist tool offline

The popular free software project “youtube-dl” was removed from Github on Friday following a legal notice from the Recording Industry Association of America claiming it violates U.S. copyright law. According to the RIAA, the tool's “clear purpose” includes reproducing and distributing “music videos and sound recordings … without authorization.” In fact, youtube-dl is a powerful …

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How would Trump shut down reporting on his taxes and COVID case? Look to his Assange prosecution.

Could this presidential administration bring charges against the New York Times for publishing information about Donald Trump's tax returns? Could its Department of Justice claim health privacy laws are being violated when news outlets report on the massive cluster of coronavirus infections currently spreading in the White House? These arguments offend First Amendment sensibilities, and …

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Onions on the side: Tracking Tor availability for reader privacy on major news sites

CC BY 2.0 Benjamin Stäudinger “Onion services,” a technology offered by Tor to ensure users can securely and privately visit particular websites, can provide a major step forward for readers who rely on the Tor network for its privacy and censorship-resistance properties. Today, we’re adding onion service tracking to our Secure The News scorecard, which …

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Press freedom experts in Assange extradition hearing testify to dangers to journalism

The extradition hearing in the trial of Wikileaks editor Julian Assange—the most dangerous front in the Trump administration’s war on journalism—is now halfway complete, and the court has heard from two Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founders, executive director Trevor Timm and board member Daniel Ellsberg, as expert witnesses for the defense. Timm spoke broadly …

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Police accountability depends on transparency. Across the state, New York cops are resisting.

The unfolding story of the Daniel Prude case has been a testament to the importance of transparency laws in police accountability. In New York State, Rochester officers killed a black man in March of this year, but managed to suppress the facts surrounding the situation through this summer, until members of Prude’s family were able …

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The George Floyd protests started three months ago today. More than 700 journalists have reported press freedom violations since.

Three months ago yesterday, police officers killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Less than 24 hours later, a journalist was hit with a rubber or foam bullet fired by police, as he covered a burgeoning demonstration in front of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct. It was the first of more than 700 reported attacks …

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Draconian ‘national security’ law already muzzling Hong Kong’s journalists

Hong Kong police arrested Jimmy Lai, publisher of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, and his two sons under collusion charges associated with the country’s controversial new national security law last week. Under the notoriously vague law, China has claimed the jurisdiction to silence essentially anyone that criticizes the Chinese Communist Party or publicly supports the …

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