LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed a Hungarian embassy protest over a magazine cover cartoon that showed Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban giving a Nazi...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A grand jury that was involved in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is "continuing robustly," a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.
Indiana State address to honor slain alumnus Khashoggi
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State University has announced the creation of an annual address in honor of slain Washington Post journalist and alumnus Jamal Khashoggi.
Top journo who fled Nicaragua says nation’s press threatened
MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of Nicaragua's most prominent journalists says President Daniel Ortega is working to close any spaces of freedom in the Central American country.
Carlos Fernando Chamorro, who had the offices of his media outlets Confidencial and the television programs "Tonight" and "This Week" seized in December by Ortega's police, said Monday night that he fled to Costa Rica after receiving information that a plan was afoot to jail him on phony charges.
Annapolis planning memorial to 5 slain in newspaper shooting
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A fundraising campaign is being launched to build a memorial to honor the five people killed in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper.
Plans for the memorial that will also honor the First Amendment were discussed Thursday in the Annapolis City Council chambers. Architect Jay Graham of Moody Graham outlined several concepts proposed by a team at the architectural firm for consideration to honor the five Capital Gazette employees.
CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN took its access battle against the Trump administration to court on Tuesday, demanding the reinstatement of correspondent Jim Acosta's White House credentials because their revocation violates the right of freedom of the press.
Besides seeking an injunction to let Acosta return immediately, CNN is launching a case that will test the ability of government officials anywhere to freeze out a reporter who displeases them.
AP FACT CHECK: Obama doesn’t always tell the straight story
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's recent denunciation of President Donald Trump's treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public during his administration. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican "sabotage" has cost 3 million people their health insurance.
AP FACT CHECK: Obama was harsh against leakers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama's recent denunciation of President Donald Trump's treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public when he was president. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican "sabotage" has cost 3 million people their health insurance.
US newspapers to Trump: We’re not enemies of the people
NEW YORK (AP) — Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" with a coordinated series of editorials in defense of a free press on Thursday — and, not surprisingly, Trump didn't take it silently.
Trump lashes out after newspapers respond to his attacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at the press as newspapers nationwide launch a coordinated rebuttal to his attacks against what he calls "fake news."
Trump tweets: "There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!"
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. judge lifted an order Tuesday that required the Los Angeles Times to remove information from an article about a court document that was meant to be kept from the public, reversing a decision that had raised concerns about freedom of the press.
PARIS (AP) — Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says hostility toward journalists is growing worldwide, often encouraged by political leaders — even in democratic countries.
The group's annual global index of media freedom released Wednesday found an overall rise in animosity toward reporters and a drop in freedoms, notably in former Soviet states but also in countries from the U.S. to the Philippines.
Ajit Pai, FCC chairman, won’t probe Sinclair for ‘news distortion’
Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has denied a request by Senate Democrats to investigate the right-leaning Sinclair Broadcasting Group for news distortion, saying such a probe would be chilling to free speech.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's most popular daily has sacked its chief editor amid a crisis over the paper's coverage of last month's presidential election, which critics have dubbed undemocratic, in the latest blow to freedom of the press in Egypt.
The dismissal note for Mohammed el-Sayyed Saleh was signed by Al-Masry Al-Youm's CEO Abdel-Moneim Said, and was dated April 4.
JENKS, Okla. (AP) — Jenks High School student Jackson Cropper saw something he had never seen before, but it had a little more meaning than it might have before he made a new prize-winning documentary.
He was walking to a friend's house and a man driving a minivan rolled by.
"He threw a newspaper out, and I was like, 'That's such a foreign concept. I've never seen that before. Like an actual paperboy. It's 2018.'"
By Lata Nott
First Amendment Center
Awarding a grade to a concept like press freedom might seem like an impossible task, but here at the First Amendment Center we give it our best shot.
In April of last year, we began compiling quarterly First Amendment report cards, relying on a panel of 15 experts from across the political spectrum -- academics, activists, journalists and lawyers -- to evaluate the state of each of our core freedoms.
Awarding a grade to a concept like press freedom might seem like an impossible task, but here at the First Amendment Center we give it our best shot.
In April of last year, we began compiling quarterly First Amendment report cards, relying on a panel of 15 experts from across the political spectrum — academics, activists, journalists and lawyers — to evaluate the state of each of our core freedoms.
- The Santa Fe New Mexican‘Preening pretender with kingly ambitions’March 3, 2019
- The Washington TimesLawyers seeking access to sealed Julian Assange case argue DOJ lacks justification for secrecyDecember 4, 2018
- The Herald-DispatchPresident doesn't get First Amendment's 'press freedom'October 29, 2018
- Star TribuneCandidates should use their platforms to defend press freedomSeptember 22, 2018
There are a variety of media outlets in a large number of formats, and there is THE MEDIA. We have allowed the latter term to become generic and to take on a negative connotation. This allows many to throw up their hands and declare their distrust of all of THE MEDIA. We even have in currency now the concept of “fake news.”
‘The Post’ renews attention for Pentagon Papers ruling
NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated "The Post" has revived interest in the newspaper battles of the 1970s, the lives of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and executive Ben Bradlee and the risks of publishing the top-secret documents known as "The Pentagon Papers."
Publishers sue city over ordinance limiting free papers
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Two Maine newspapers are suing the city of Biddeford over an ordinance that curbs the deliveries of free unsolicited papers.
My wish for 2018 would be an end to the propaganda.
Like Russia, Cuba or other countries with a state-controlled media, we have been subject to a media that represents one political ideology. Occasionally a story represents the Republican view, but most stories are biased toward the Democratic view.
The past year has seen withering attacks on the media from the highest office in the land. The unrelenting assaults on the credibility of journalists and news organizations was never as pronounced in previous years. And that's problematic because this nation has always prided itself as a fearless defender of press freedom, which journalists in other nations long for and admire about the United States.
Court rules for AP in reporter impersonation document fight
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with reporters in a court fight over documents that began after an FBI agent pretended to be an Associated Press journalist while investigating bomb threats at a Washington state high school.
Maria Elena Salinas ready for next chapter
Court documents reveal Trump paid $1.375M in labor lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump paid $1.375 million in 1998 to settle a class action lawsuit involving Polish laborers who demolished a building at the site of Trump Tower, according to a settlement unsealed by a judge.
White House-CNN feud spills over into Christmas party
WASHINGTON (AP) — CNN says it is boycotting this year's White House media Christmas party.
The news network says in a statement that "In light of the President's continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests."
The network adds that it will be sending a "reporting team" to Friday's event to cover any news that develops from it.
Back in the early 1960s, Soviet police seldom carried any weapons, not even billy clubs. They didn’t need to, because the Soviet government controlled all mass media.
If you control the information, you control the people.
We see the same thing in North Korea today. There, Kim Jong Un starves his people to afford nuclear weapons and rockets, without a peep of protest from huge docile crowds, because he controls their news.
Editor: It would behoove our public servants, particularly those holding the highest offices in the land, to revisit the Constitution and to have someone explain in depth the freedoms that it ensures.
Someone needs to remind President Donald Trump that he was elected president of a nation based on the United States Constitution with a First Amendment ensuring freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
On several occasions the president has talked as if he was an authoritarian leader. He has publicly attacked federal judges, criticized NFL players and sports anchors exercising their First Amendment rights and has threatened to crack down on media outlets he doesn’t like.
It’s hard to believe our president was raised in the same country as me. When I heard the recent words he spoke to reporters, “It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write,” it angered me that our top leader doesn’t get that press freedom is part of the foundation that has made our “great American experiment” work since 1776.
Ryan backs free speech amid Trump threat to yank NBC license
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan affirms his support for the First Amendment amid the president's threats to yank NBC's broadcast license.
Ryan told journalists Thursday, "I'm a constitutional conservative, I'm for the First Amendment."
The First Amendment to the Constitution protects the freedom of the press.
Letter: Support the First Amendment, support free press, support democracy
To the Editor:
“Stop the lyin’ media!”
On a recent trip to Idaho, we saw the above message on a hand-made sign on a property along the highway. It reminded me of some recent letters regarding current events and our president and the press.
Supporting the free press is paramount to a surviving democracy. Yes, they can sensationalize and speculate, but within all of that are the facts.
Israel PM bars Al-Jazeera journalist from free press seminar
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has personally intervened to bar an Al-Jazeera journalist from a government conference on press freedoms that uses the pan-Arab broadcaster as a case study.
Bureau chief Walid Omary's exclusion from attending a seminar titled "Limits of free expression: the dilemma between national security and freedom of the press — Al Jazeera as a case study," comes a month after Netanyahu threatened to shut the Qatar-based outlet's Israel offices.
Danes to Israel: Don’t shut down Al-Jazeera’s bureau
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish journalists are urging Israel not to shutter the Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera satellite network's Jerusalem office.
The Danish Union of Journalists appealed to Israel's ambassador "to do whatever is in your power to keep open the lines from Al-Jazeera to Israel."
Lars Werge, head of the union, said in a letter Wednesday to Ambassador Baruk Binah that "it is not in the interests of your fellow Israeli citizens to reduce the freedom of the press."
The Latest: Criticism of leaks crackdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' effort to crack down on leaks of classified information (all times EDT):
The Justice Department's planned crackdown on government leaks isn't getting a warm reception from news media advocates.
Media advocacy organizations condemned the announcement, with Bruce Brown, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, saying the decision to review existing guidelines was "deeply troubling."
Why Twitter won’t ban President Donald Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has made it clear that it won't ban Donald Trump from its service, whether the president follows its rules against harassment or not.
That's no surprise: The president's tweets draw attention to the struggling service, even if tweets mocking reporters and rivals undercut Twitter's stated commitment to make the service a welcoming place.
Who cares whether WWE remains silent on Trump’s CNN body slam? WWE is WWE. That Donald Trump as President performed the CNN body slam which debased the office and disgraced the U.S.A. in the eyes of the world is newsworthy.
That Donald Trump as President regularly attacks the media to undermine confidence in a free press, makes false statements, closes our media out of briefings while admitting the press of a country known to suppress freedom of the press is newsworthy.
The special election between Greg Gianforte and Rob Quist is over, but the assault on the reporter Ben Jacobs in Bozeman last Wednesday will continue to ripple out across our country.
You may be wondering what the heck happened to your opinion page.
But just for today. It'll be back tomorrow.
The rest of The Billings Gazette disappeared today at the Newseum, along with 1,200 other newspapers which submit a copy of their paper daily at the Washington, D.C. museum. The Newseum is a shrine to the freedom of the press and America's First Amendment. Even for people whose fingers have never been dirtied by the still-drying ink of a newspaper, it's a must-see.
Monday was my 90th Memorial Day. My husband fought in Korea and struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder for the remainder of his life. My deceased son, a captain in the U.S. Air Force, gave the best years of his life in protecting this nation. He was named for a family friend who, when shot and killed in Korea, gave what President Lincoln called that last full measure of devotion. For them, and for the countless others like them who kept their oaths to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution, I will shed tears of sadness and pride.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court won't review a lower court ruling that spares the state's prison system from having to reveal where it gets drugs used in executions, though attorneys pressing for the details plan more appeals using different arguments.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A media advocacy group and the American Civil Liberties Union are asking Missouri's highest court to settle whether the state's prison system must reveal the closely guarded source of the drug it uses in executions.
The nonprofit Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the American Civil Liberties Union and other plaintiffs asked the Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday to review the matter, saying the issue has led to conflicting lower-court rulings.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Facing harassment, enforced shutdowns and the threat of jail at home, Turkey's journalists in exile are using Germany as a base to report on political turmoil in their country ahead of Sunday's referendum.
"We are here because there is no freedom of the press, and no freedom of expression in Turkey anymore," said Can Dundar, the former editor-in-chief of the respected Cumhuriyet newspaper.
Trump revives threat to change libel laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his attacks on news he doesn't like, threatening to target libel laws that govern freedom of the press.
"The failing @nytimes has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change libel laws?" he wrote on Twitter Thursday, taking yet another shot at a paper that has broken numerous stories on his fledgling administration.
Efforts to stop anonymous sources clash with 1st Amendment
President Donald Trump railed against the news media Friday, saying reporters shouldn't be allowed to use anonymous sources. He said he's been a target of unrelenting criticism by unnamed people, and he predicted that negative stories would "dry up like you've never seen before" if anonymous sources were jettisoned.
Substance and style -- it's easy to get them confused or mistake one for the other. And they're never entirely unconnected, though exactly how much so is a matter of debate. That's especially true when it comes to evaluating Donald Trump's performance -- a word particularly ambiguous in his case, as referring to either oratorical style or policy substance. The new president's detractors see a would-be autocrat threatening freedom of the press ("dishonest media") and the independence of the...
Rubio: tie US-Cuba changes to democratic reforms on island
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says changes in relations with Cuba must be tied to reforms on the communist island such as free elections and freedom of the press.
The Florida Republican said Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press" that Fidel Castro's death will not by itself usher in major democratic changes. Rubio says current Cuban President Raul Castro is dedicated to protecting the communist system created largely by his brother.