Police Tape. Photo by Tony Webster on Flickr.
28 Aug 2017

Federal Appeals Court Affirms First Amendment Right To Criticize Cops

A federal appeals court affirmed the right of citizens to criticize police and ruled Minnesota officers are not immune from a lawsuit alleging rights violations.

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FBI Director James Comey at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
03 May 2017

The FBI Director’s Unsettling Argument For Why WikiLeaks Doesn’t Deserve First Amendment Protection

FBI director James Comey indicated WikiLeaks remains focus for intelligence agencies and prosecuting Julian Assange for his work as a publisher remains possible.

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13 Jan 2017

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Chicago Police Illegally Spied On Activists, Residents With Stingray Surveillance

A federal lawsuit against Chicago police alleges officers employed cell site simulators or Stingray spying devices in violation of the First Amendment rights of innocent citizens during a “Reclaim Martin Luther King Jr. Day” action on January 15, 2015. Chicago-based organizations, activists, and residents came together for a protest and

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Screenshot from Knight Foundation survey of US news editors.
21 Apr 2016

US News Editors Find It Increasingly Difficult To Defend First Amendment

A survey of editors from print and online publications found most news organizations struggle to defend the right to freedom of the press.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the AIPAC Policy Conference, March 2016.
21 Mar 2016

At AIPAC, Clinton Supports Young People On ‘Front Lines of Battle’ Against BDS

Hillary Clinton spoke at the pro-Israel AIPAC policy conference and praised students on “the front lines of the battle” against the nonviolent BDS movement.

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04 Feb 2016

Leak Reveals Denver Police Use Undercover ‘Shadow Teams’ To Target Protest Leaders

Despite making claims to protecting First Amendment rights, a leaked manual reveals how police pick out perceived movement leaders for targeted arrests.

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28 Jan 2016

Legal, Grassroots Groups Support Lawsuit Against Alleged Military Spying On Activists

The suit alleges that the military violated the Posse Comitatus Act, & activists constitutional rights when it infiltrated a Washington state antiwar group.

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25 Nov 2015

Interview, Part 2: MintPress News’ Mnar Muhawesh On Media’s ‘Fast Food Headlines’

Kevin Gosztola’s and MintPress News’ founder, Mnar Muhawesh, discuss how the media ignores real news in favor of distractions and election-year circuses.

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03 Aug 2015

Federal Judge Strikes Down Idaho ‘Ag-Gag Law,’ Defends Undercover Investigations Of Food Industry

An Idaho law enacted to permit the state to jail anyone, who conducts undercover investigations and secretly records animal abuse, was rejected as unconstitutional by a federal judge. The decision marked the first time a federal court had struck down a state’s “ag-gag law.”

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