News

Format: 2018-06-23
Format: 2018-06-23
June 22, 2018
Attorneys for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press have filed a lawsuit on behalf of award-winning freelance journalist Azmat Khan against the United States Department of Defense and Central Command (CENTCOM) after the agencies failed to comply with her Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for records related to civilian casualties in the U.S-led campaign against ISIS.    Khan submitted three FOIA requests to CENTCOM between March 2017 and March 2018 seeking records regarding its reporting procedures, credibility assessments, and closure reports for allegations of civilian deaths stemming from U.S.-led Coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of “Operation Inherent Resolve.”   
June 21, 2018
Attorneys for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press have filed a lawsuit on behalf of WTHR, an NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, against the Hamilton Southeastern School District (HSE) following its refusal to comply with requests under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act (APRA).
June 15, 2018
News coverage of protests is essential to informing the public about political dissent, responses to important issues and how law enforcement handles such demonstrations. But journalists who report on these events often face physical attacks, arrest and searches and seizures of their equipment.   In fact, the most dangerous place for a U.S. journalist in the field last year was at a protest, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press found in a report last March that surveyed the 2017 data from the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. The Reporters Committee and more than two dozen press freedom groups launched the tracker last year to document threats to press freedom in the U.S. amid increasing hostility toward the news media.
June 14, 2018
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press attorneys have asked a Florida state court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against journalist and President of News for Univision Daniel Coronell over an opinion column he published about Colombian attorney Abelardo de la Espriella in January.   The column, which ran in Colombia’s Spanish-language newsmagazine Semana, offered commentary on De La Espriella’s famed legal career and lavish lifestyle, including his tastes in designer clothes, watches, and luxury travel on private jets.  
June 13, 2018
On Saturday, Murray Fromson, a professor at the University of Southern California and a longtime reporter passed away at 88. Fromson helped found the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in 1970 amid hostility from the Nixon administration and a wave of government subpoenas asking reporters to name confidential sources.   In honor of the Reporters Committee’s 35th anniversary in 2005, Fromson wrote about its founding.   
June 12, 2018
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is excited to announce that Vickie Walton-James, senior national editor for NPR, and Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, managing editor at The Washington Post, joined our Steering Committee in May.   "We are thrilled to welcome Vickie and Emilio to the board," Steering Committee Chair David Boardman said. "We look forward to the experiences, enthusiasm and perspectives they will bring to the already strong group of individuals who support the Reporters Committee’s work to protect press freedom."     
June 8, 2018
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is supporting the National Press Photographers Association and two environmental groups in their challenge to two Wyoming laws that could discourage newsgathering in the state, particularly for photojournalists. The laws increase criminal and civil penalties for people who cross private property without permission, even if they did so unknowingly, to take photos on public land and record geolocation data for where the photos were taken.
June 6, 2018
A federal district judge in Puerto Rico rejected a request by the Financial Oversight and Management Board to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the board's refusal to comply with public records requests. Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI), a nonprofit investigative journalism organization in Puerto Rico, filed the lawsuit in June 2017 after the oversight board ignored its requests for public records related to board members' financial and conflict of interest disclosures, along with other information.  
May 30, 2018
Judge’s opinion cites the Reporters Committee and Knight Institute’s amicus brief, which argued the practice raises concerns for journalists and First Amendment freedoms   A federal district judge in Massachusetts rejected a request from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of warrantless searches of electronic devices at the U.S. border.   
May 25, 2018
On Tuesday night, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press held its annual Freedom of the Press Awards dinner at The Pierre in New York City to recognize four leaders in journalism and media law who have dedicated their lives to practicing and protecting the rights embodied in the First Amendment.  
May 25, 2018
On Wednesday, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan's so-called "decorum order" that has required all documents to be filed under seal in the murder trial of former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. For more than a year, Judge Gaughan has required all parties to the case to file documents in his courtroom instead of the court clerk's office, effectively preventing the press and public from accessing them.  
May 21, 2018
Last month, an Illinois judge ordered the unsealing of a majority of the court records filed in the high-profile murder trial of former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014.  
May 17, 2018
On Thursday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced that Katie Townsend has become the organization’s legal director. In this role, she will oversee the Reporters Committee’s legal services portfolio, including its direct litigation and amicus practices. She’ll continue to lead litigation efforts in public records, court access, and legal defense cases, and will supervise the team of staff attorneys and legal fellows in both areas.    She’ll also continue to manage partnerships where the Reporters Committee offers legal support and pre-publication review, particularly to documentary filmmakers and nonprofit newsrooms.   
May 10, 2018
Be calm. Be fair. Be accurate. This is how you do this.   That’s the advice that journalist Emily Steel said she received from The New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet before a tough interview with a source while she was reporting on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against a well-known television commentator.   It’s also advice that exemplifies Dean’s own approach to journalism in the last four decades of his career, for which the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will honor him this month with a Freedom of the Press Award.  
May 10, 2018
"She is really, truly interested in hearing the perspectives and ideas on any given subject from every voice you can find, and she won’t rest until she’s heard them all."    That’s how Florentine Films Producer Sarah Botstein summed up what it’s like to work with Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker Lynn Novick.    Lynn, who is widely known for her collaborations with filmmaker Ken Burns, immerses her audiences in stories about American history and culture ranging from Prohibition to the Vietnam War in a deep, powerful way. Her newest project, tentatively titled "College Behind Bars," is slated for release in 2019. The project is a four-part documentary series about the men and women who participate in the Bard Prison Initiative, a rigorous program for incarcerated people in New York to earn a college education.