Ravi Ragbir (center) faces deportation by ICE for his activism (Photo from New Sanctuary Coalition's Facebook)
09 Feb 2018

First Amendment Lawsuit: ICE Targets Immigrant Rights Groups And Activists For Political Speech

Immigrant rights groups file a first amendment lawsuit against ICE over targeting immigrant rights activists with repression.

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Still from the film "The Post" (2017). Source: https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-post
12 Jan 2018

Film Review: ‘The Post’ Depicts A Newspaper Paralyzed By Coziness With Power

“The Post” is more than a story about the Pentagon Papers. It is a character study of Washington Post publisher, who was compromised by her ties to elites.

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9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Photo by Karol Franks on Flickr.
04 Jan 2018

Appeals Court Rules Against Idaho’s Unconstitutional Ag-Gag Law Aimed At Suppressing Journalists

In a decision upholding the First Amendment, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled key parts of an Idaho “ag-gag” law are unconstitutional.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Screen grab via Justice Department on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYR4iciX_m8
29 Nov 2017

Lawsuit Aims To Shed Light On Trump Administration’s Surveillance Of Journalists

Two organizations focused on press freedom sued President Donald Trump’s administration for records that may show how media are targeted.

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Photo by steezandcrackers on Flickr.
17 Oct 2017

Logging Company’s Attack On Environmental Activist Groups Dismissed By Federal Court

A lawsuit by logging company Resolute Forest Products to suppress environmental activism by Greenpeace and Stand.earth was dismissed by a federal court.

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Barrett Brown
04 Oct 2017

Donors To Barrett Brown’s Legal Defense Plausibly Allege FBI Violated First Amendment Rights, Judge Rules

Judge determined donors to Brown’s legal defense plausibly alleged a government surveillance scheme had the “intended effect to chill First Amendment activity.”

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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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