News

Format: 2018-12-14
Format: 2018-12-14
October 17, 2018
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of 13 media organizations are urging a New York intermediate appellate court to affirm a trial court ruling that the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
October 12, 2018
The Reporters Committee joins National Press Photographers Association's effort to protect First Amendment defenses against probable cause arrests The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has joined a brief filed by the National Press Photographers Association and 29 other press freedom and media organizations asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that the existence of probable cause for an arrest doesn’t bar defendants from claiming they were arrested in retaliation for exercising their First Amendment rights.
October 12, 2018
An attorney from WilmerHale appeared in early September on behalf of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of 24 media organizations to urge the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to rule that a French data privacy authority can't require Google and other search engines to apply the so-called "right to be forgotten" worldwide. Also known as delisting, the right to be forgotten — approved by Europe's high court in 2014 — allows European Union (EU) citizens to ask search engines to remove links to certain results that appear when looking up their name.  
October 5, 2018
Documents obtained through FOIA lawsuit by the Reporters Committee reveal policies for undercover impersonation of members of the media   
October 4, 2018
We are thrilled to announce several new hires and fellows at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press who will work with us to defend the First Amendment, protect the newsgathering rights of journalists and improve access to public information. Learn more about those who have joined our team below.   In August, Josh Moore was promoted to legal clinics coordinator. In this role, Josh will collaborate with the law school clinic partners on legal programming, joint litigation initiatives, communications, administration and fundraising. Previously, Josh was the 2017-2018 Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Legal Fellow, where he worked on issues related to libel, privacy, confidentiality and newsgathering.   
September 28, 2018
Ruling could prevent news outlets from defending themselves if current or future administrations target them in retaliation for coverage  
September 28, 2018
A pair of plaintiffs challenging a new Florida law raising the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 should not be allowed to remain anonymous during the litigation, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of 21 media organizations argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Friday. The coalition urged the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a district court's ruling denying the plaintiffs' request to use pseudonyms in the case National Rifle Association, Jane and John Doe v. Attorney General, State of Florida, et al.  
September 21, 2018
This week we published our 2017 Annual Report.   2017 brought new challenges and with them new opportunities for the Reporters Committee to showcase our commitment and dedication to providing legal services and support to journalists in the advancement of press freedom. When you look at the numbers, the need for our services is stark: Our attorneys were lead counsel in 23 litigation matters, filed more than 40 friend-of-the-court briefs and letters on behalf of journalists and news organizations, and assisted more than 300 reporters who reached out to our hotline with questions.    Through all of this, the Reporters Committee remains steadfast in the defense of press freedom.   
September 12, 2018
A Texas law aimed at making it easier to dismiss meritless lawsuits intended to chill speech should apply in federal court, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 39 media organizations argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed last week in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the brief filed in Rudkin v. Roger Beasley Imports, Inc., the media coalition urges the federal appeals court to reverse a district court's ruling and hold that the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA) applies in federal court.   
September 5, 2018
Amid an alarming confluence of threats to journalists and the news media, there is a lack of urgency among American voters around the idea that press freedom is at risk in the U.S., according to a new research report released Wednesday by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.    A majority of voters, 52 percent, said they did not see press freedom as under threat — a lack of perceived risk that was even higher among some when viewed through a partisan lens: 66 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Independents said they perceived little or no threat to the press, while just 38 percent of Democrats gave the same response.  
August 21, 2018
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 35 media organizations asked a California appeals court to uphold a district court's decision to release videotape recordings of the 12-day bench trial in January 2010 that challenged the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment adopted in 2008 denying same-sex couples the right to marry. The district court ruled that the recordings could be released in 2020 after KQED, a public media broadcasting service in San Francisco, sought access to the recordings.  
August 16, 2018
Local news outlets leading the campaign show why Americans should defend a free press amid attempts to discredit journalists   Today, more than 300 newspapers published editorials against the current administration's continuous stream of invective against the news media. The editorials come on the heels of an uptick in the president's rhetoric, including a tweet this Sunday saying the media "purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!"    "We are not the enemy of the people," said Marjorie Pritchard, the deputy editorial page editor for the Boston Globe and the organizer of the campaign. "The impact of Trump's assault on journalism looks different in Boise than it does in Boston. Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming."  
August 14, 2018
On Tuesday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 30 media organizations urged a circuit court in Florida to dismiss a petition by the School Board of Broward County to hold The Sun-Sentinel and two of its reporters in contempt for publishing an article containing information from a report that the school board had released to the public.   
August 10, 2018
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 11 media organizations are asking the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate a broad gag order barring parties, attorneys, witnesses, potential witnesses and courthouse personnel in 26 related civil cases in North Carolina from speaking to the press.   The cases involve lawsuits against Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods that contracts farmers to raise hogs, by neighbors who allege that the company's hog farms create a nuisance. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that Murphy-Brown's waste management practices — such as storing manure in open-air lagoons and spraying liquid waste on farmland — have negatively impacted the plaintiffs' health and quality of life.  
August 9, 2018
In early June 2018, the FBI arrested James Wolfe, the former security director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (“SSCI”), on charges of lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with several reporters.1 During the investigation, the FBI seized years of phone and email records from national security and federal law enforcement reporter Ali Watkins—the first time that appears to have happened under the Trump administration.2   Some have raised concerns that the seizure of records from a reporter could presage an escalation in the Trump administration’s aggressive crackdown on what the attorney general called a “culture of leaks” in an August 2017 speech.