24 May 2021

Journalist Abby Martin Had Free Speech Rights Violated By Georgia’s Anti-BDS Law, Court Rules

A federal court ruled in favor of journalist Abby Martin, who was barred from speaking at Georgia Southern University after she refused to pledge she would not boycott Israel. Judge Mark Cohen in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia recognized [PDF] a Georgia state law

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03 May 2021

US Government Marks World Press Freedom Day By Ignoring Their Attacks On Press Freedom

Secretary of State Antony Blinken marked World Press Freedom Day by calling attention to governments that are “becoming less transparent” and “more repressive.” “Some governments incarcerate journalists, harass them, target them for violence,” Blinken stated. “Some use other, more subtle [methods] like mandating professional licenses for journalists and using endless

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06 Mar 2020

Dissenter Weekly: Espionage Act Reform Unveiled To Protect Journalists, Whistleblower Disclosures

On this edition of the “Dissenter Weekly,” we break down reform legislation that would help ensure the Espionage Act is no longer used against journalists. It would also expand protections for whistleblower disclosures. The rights of members of the press that “solicit, obtain, or publish government secrets” would be protected

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01 Aug 2019

In Rejecting DNC Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks, Judge Strongly Defended First Amendment Rights Of Journalists

In a defense of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled the Democratic National Committee cannot hold WikiLeaks liable for publishing information allegedly stolen by Russian agents.

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Photo by Tim Evanson on Flickr.
23 May 2019

In Charging Assange With 17 Espionage Act Offenses, Prosecutors Claim Power To Decide Who Is And Is Not A Journalist

To listen to the story, click the above player. In a superseding indictment, the Justice Department charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has relied upon the Espionage Act to target whistleblowers for unauthorized disclosures of information. It has treated journalists

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Ravi Ragbir (center) faces deportation by ICE for his activism (Photo from New Sanctuary Coalition's Facebook)
26 Apr 2019

Appeals Court Decision Upholds First Amendment Rights Of Undocumented Immigrants

In a victory for undocumented immigrants who engage in activism, a federal appeals court found activist Ravi Ragbir had a valid claim against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which attempted to deport him in retaliation for his political speech.

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12 Nov 2018

How The Justice Department Uses ‘Law Enforcement Tools’ Against Journalists

Two annual reports from the Justice Department reveal how “law enforcement tools” are used by FBI and prosecutors when investigations target journalists

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30 Oct 2018

Morton County Sheriff, TigerSwan Face Lawsuit For Blocking Water Protectors’ Travel And Assembly During DAPL Construction

A class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock and others, who resided in the area when police shut down Highway 1806 during protests against the Dakota Access pipeline’s construction. On October 24, 2016, Highway 1806 from Fort Rice to Fort Yates was closed.

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Photo by Thomas Hawk
03 Oct 2018

Berkeley Police Posted Mugshots Of Activists To ‘Create Counter-Narrative’ Of Protests Against Far-Right

Documents obtained by Lucy Parsons Lab show why the Berkeley Police Department posted the mugshots and other personal information of activists on Twitter.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Credit: White House livestream)
01 Aug 2018

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Rather Unusual But Revealing Answer To Question About Heckling Reporters

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responds to question about media hecklers by attacking journalists who publish leaks.

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