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Media organizations oppose limits on photo access at the White House

Latara Appleby | Content Regulation | News | November 21, 2013
November 21, 2013

Thirty eight media organizations, including the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, joined a letter opposing the limits on photographers' access to White House events today.

The move was prompted by the White House's refusal to allow press photographers to cover events and instead distribute "visual press releases" taken by government employees.

“As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government,” the letter read.

Mann v. National Review

November 13, 2013

The Reporters Committee and 19 other news organizations filed an amicus brief with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals urging it to accept jurisdiction to hear an immediate appeal of the denial of a special motion to dismiss under the D.C. anti-SLAPP statute.

Doe v. Burke

October 22, 2013

The Reporters Committee and seven other organizations filed an amicus brief with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals urging it to reverse an order of the D.C. Superior Court denying a Wikipedia editor's special motion to quash under the D.C. anti-SLAPP statute.

Whistleblowers and journalists emphasize necessity of secure communication at National Press Club panel

Amy Zhang | Reporter's Privilege | News | July 26, 2013
July 26, 2013

New York Times journalist James Risen moderated a discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that featured a panel of known leakers who shared advice with journalists on protecting their notes and sources.

Government forced to release names of Guantanamo Bay prisoners

Amy Zhang | Freedom of Information | News | June 20, 2013
June 20, 2013

In response to a federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by The Miami Herald, the Department of Defense was required to for the first time disclose the identify of 46 Guantanamo Bay prisoners detained indefinitely without trial because they are allegedly too dangerous to release but cannot be prosecuted.

Federal court upholds classification of treaty materials sought under FOIA

Aaron Mackey | Freedom of Information | News | June 7, 2013
June 7, 2013

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the government could withhold a document under the Freedom of Information Act on national security grounds, saying that a lower court improperly second-guessed an agency’s decision when it ordered the document’s release.

Justice search warrant relied on "probable cause" of criminal conduct by Fox News journalist

Rob Tricchinelli | Newsgathering | News | May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013

By labeling a Fox News reporter as a "co-conspirator" to a violation of the Espionage Act, the Department of Justice was able to obtain a secret search warrant in 2010 for the reporter's e-mail, under an exception to the federal statute governing search warrants of the media.

D.C. appeals court issues redacted opinion in sealed corruption case

Rob Tricchinelli | Secret Courts | News | May 16, 2013
May 16, 2013

A federal appeals court unsealed a redacted version of an opinion Thursday in a high-profile but secretive Washington, D.C. corruption case, in response to a letter from the Reporters Committee.

CIA must acknowledge records of drone strike program, appellate court rules

Lilly Chapa | Freedom of Information | News | March 19, 2013
March 19, 2013

The CIA cannot refuse to search for records about U.S. drone strikes on the grounds that acknowledging the existence of the records would harm national security, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. ruled.

FBI to release records on secret informant Ernest Withers

Lilly Chapa | Freedom of Information | News | February 28, 2013
February 28, 2013

As part of a settlement agreement between the FBI and a Tennessee newspaper, the bureau must release documents and photos that are expected to confirm that famed civil rights photographer Ernest Withers was a confidential informant during the civil rights era. Withers died in 2007.