News

Format: 2018-12-12
Format: 2018-12-12
November 28, 2018
Attorneys for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press were prepared to defend journalist Jamie Kalven’s newsgathering rights twice this week. First, Kalven was subpoenaed to testify about his sources in a case where three Chicago police officers face charges for allegedly conspiring to obstruct justice in the investigation of fellow former officer Jason Van Dyke, who was convicted on murder charges last month for shooting and killing teenager Laquan McDonald. Just days after challenging the subpoena, Kalven was also told he would not be permitted to attend, and therefore cover, the trial since he could potentially be called to testify.
November 15, 2018
By Linda Moon On October 31, 2018, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed an application to unseal court documents that could shed light on how the U.S. government used various law enforcement tools in connection with the leak investigation and prosecution of Terry Albury. The application seeks, among other things, materials related to any search warrants or court orders that the government might have sought and used to investigate and capture Albury's communications with a member of the media.
November 14, 2018
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of 36 media organizations are supporting HD Media and The Washington Post’s fight for the release of key data related to the ongoing opioid crisis.
November 13, 2018
By Bruce D. Brown & Joshua A. Geltzer   Bruce D. Brown is executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and formerly co-director of the First Amendment Clinic at the University of Virginia Law School. He previously was a journalist and a partner in the Washington office of Baker & Hostetler.   Joshua A. Geltzer is executive director and visiting professor of law at Georgetown's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. He previously served as senior director for counterterrorism and deputy legal advisor at the National Security Council and, before that, as counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security.  
November 9, 2018
By Gabe Rottman and Linda Moon In September, the Intercept published a story titled, "Government Can Spy on Journalists in the U.S. Using Invasive Foreign Intelligence Process." The article detailed two Justice Department memoranda that were released as part of the ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.
November 9, 2018
The trial of Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago police officer convicted in the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald
November 7, 2018
If you looked to last night’s elections to send a clear message to President Donald Trump and congressional leaders to stop the anti-press rhetoric and reinvest in transparency and accountability in politics, you fell a little short, but it is clear that those who care about press freedom, transparency and accountability woke up to a rearranged political environment this morning. Here are a few initial thoughts about how things could shake out for freedom of the press and the free flow of information in the House of Representatives. Committees
November 5, 2018
On Nov. 6, San Francisco voters will consider Proposition B, a charter amendment known as the Privacy First Policy. The proposition aims to create consumer privacy protections, but the measure gives ill-defined discretion to elected officials to limit government transparency. The Reporters Committee became aware of the Privacy First Policy after several local media associations, including the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California chapter, raised concerns about the proposition's impact.    
November 5, 2018
Note: A version of this post was originally published on Oct. 11, 2018. It has been updated to include information about additional court records that were unsealed on Oct. 30, 2018.   A Cook County judge has granted a July motion filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of six media organizations to unseal court documents that shed light on the case of three Chicago police officers facing obstruction of justice and other charges related to the shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald.   
November 5, 2018
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 13 media organizations are urging the Supreme Court of California to review and reverse a Court of Appeal decision that would make it harder for journalists and researchers to access large sets of data under the state's public records act.    The case involves researchers' request for demographic information about California Bar Examination applicants from 1972 to 2008. The State Bar of California refused the request, citing privacy concerns. The researchers then amended the request and proposed multiple methods for anonymizing the data so that no one's identity would be revealed. But the California Court of Appeal ruled that the State Bar did not have to provide the information because they claimed anonymizing the data constituted the creation of a new record, which the government is not required to do under the California Public Records Act.  
November 1, 2018
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of seven media organizations have asked that the Circuit Court of Cook County unseal all documents previously kept secret in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago police officer convicted of the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald.
October 31, 2018
Photo: Rosamund Pike in 'A Private War.' Photo by Aviron Pictures - © Aviron Pictures Marie Colvin was a legend among war correspondents. Her tenacious reporting from conflict zones around the world and willingness to put herself in harm’s way to document atrocities being committed by the powerful brought her to the pinnacle of her profession. But it was also this determination to show the human cost of war that ultimately led to her death in 2012, when Colvin was targeted and killed in Homs, Syria while reporting on how civilians were suffering from the siege of the city.
October 31, 2018
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reminds journalists ahead of the 2018 midterm elections that our Legal Defense Hotline is available on Election Day until polls close. The hotline will be staffed by Reporters Committee lawyers in Washington, D.C., and attorneys in New York, California, Georgia, Montana, Texas, and Florida will also be on call.   Contact the Reporters Committee Legal Defense Hotline at 1-800-336-4243 or hotline@rcfp.org if you have questions about reporting on the midterms or run into issues on Election Day.
October 26, 2018
Many important stories have only been possible because people have used the First Amendment right to access documents in criminal cases.
October 19, 2018
In a report released Friday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press outlines key findings and insights from the Inter American Press Association’s mission to the United States in light of U.S. politicians’ onslaught of verbal attacks and hostility toward journalists in recent years. Such incidents in the U.S. — the home of the First Amendment, and historically a beacon of free speech and free press rights for the rest of the hemisphere, if not the world — raised alarm bells for IAPA, a Miami-based nonprofit dedicated to press freedom and free expression in the Americas. At a conference last fall, IAPA resolved to send a delegation of prominent journalists from Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and the U.S. to Washington, D.C., to express concerns with U.S. authorities about the state of press freedoms in the country.