Press freedom

How surveillance concerns affect national security journalists

Today’s journalists owe so much to modern technologies like social media, mobile apps, digital recording devices and cloud storage space — all of which can make reporting easier. However, many of those same technologies are now associated with potential security risks. Mass-surveillance stories like the whistle-blowing saga of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency […]

Proposal for a European ‘link tax’ on Google is the target of criticism from smaller digital publishers

Last year, the European Commission started pushing to require platforms like Google and Facebook to compensate digital publishers for the use of their content. But less than six months later, Matthew Karnitschnig and Chris Spillane report that it’s becoming unlikely that the reform will have enough support in European Parliament to become law. And the […]

‘The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies’

“The officials leaking [the information leading to Michael Flynn’s resignation] acted justifiably, despite the fact that they violated the law,” Glenn Greenwald argues. “That’s because the leaks revealed that a high government official, Gen. Flynn, blatantly lied to the public about a material matter — his conversations with Russian diplomats — and the public has […]

Bill Gates: ‘If anybody says we don’t need the media, that’s a little scary’

“If we define media very broadly to be the things that help voters assess what’s being said, assess how those things have worked, and therefore played their role of picking, on balance, reasonable leaders who pursue reasonable policies — you can’t have a democracy without a media function like that,” Bill Gates said in an […]

A South Carolina blogger could face jail time for refusing to reveal his sources in a libel suit from a state lawmaker

South Carolina blogger Will Folks, who runs FITSnews.com, could be facing jail time for refusing to reveal his unnamed sources in a story about former state lawmaker Kenny Bingham, who is suing Folks for defamation. The judge in the case ordered Folks to reveal his sources in October — to which Folks said in his […]

The ‘right to be forgotten’ laws show how we’re having to adjust free speech and privacy for new circumstances

The “right to be forgotten” is an example of how we’re having to adjust the established principles of free speech and privacy for new circumstances and technology, City University of London professor and head of journalism George Brock writes. But where the law has failed in the EU is that it fails to balance those […]

What it’s like to be a ‘fixer’ in China: Foreign journalists can leave, but fixers have fewer protections from the government

Christine Wei, a news assistant for AFP based in Beijing, talks to Piper French about what it’s like to be a “fixer” in a country that’s particularly tough on journalists: “They always tell us: you are a Chinese national, this is your home. Foreign journalists, they can leave any time they want, but you cannot: […]

Chinese government bans entertainment news that promotes Western lifestyles or makes fun of Chinese values

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has banned all entertainment news that promotes Western lifestyles and celebrities, or makes fun of Chinese values. The government agency has ordered Chinese news organizations’ entertainment news “comply with the Communist Party’s ideologies and adopt a positive tone,” Liu Zhen reports. The agency also said […]

How the ‘right to be forgotten’ in Europe became the ‘right to forget the news’

Several court decisions in the last few months have expanded Europe’s “right to be forgotten,” Elena Perotti writes, and those decisions have expanded the burden upon the news media. In particular, news organizations should pay close attention to a legal battle Google is facing in France: Google is appealing to the French Data Protection Authority […]

Are Trump’s press bans moving down to local politicians?

In Harrisburg, Pa., the mayor has barred his spokesperson from speaking to PennLive, the largest news outlet in the area, and barred PennLive reporters from attending his weekly press briefings. Harrisburg mayor Eric Papenfuse says he’s taking a stand against an “illegitimate … gossip blog,” while PennLive says its reporting on Papenfuse’s business and civic […]