DNC lawsuit against WikiLeaks dismissed in major free press victory

3 August 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

In a historic win for WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief Julian Assange a federal judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over WikiLeaks’ publication of DNC documents in 2016. The case sets an important precedent for freedom of the press.

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World Press Freedom Day Is a Joke in the Middle East as the West Continues to Destroy Journalism There By Martin Jay

6 May 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

British and Canadian diplomats hijacking World Press Freedom Day is a really bad joke. But that’s what happened recently in Beirut when this not so auspicious day passed, leaving some in the Middle East wondering if journalism can play any role whatsoever in improving governance, holding states to account and emboldening democracy.

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World Press Freedom Index: “UK remained one of the worst-ranked Western European countries”

22 April 2019 — True Publica

World Press Freedom Index: "an increasingly hostile climate" for journalism

The World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region. It does not rank public policies even if governments obviously have a major impact on their country’s ranking. Nor is it an indicator of the quality of journalism in each country or region.

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US Justice Department protocols include sweeping attacks on press freedom By Eric London

4 March 2014 — WSWS

In an order published by Attorney General Eric Holder on February 27, the Obama administration granted itself unprecedented powers to spy on and prosecute journalists. The new policy announcement directly violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provides that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom speech, or of the press…”

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Police State UK: The NSA spy scandal and the attack on press freedom By Chris Marsden

6 November 2013 — WSWS

Recently released police documents on the August 18 arrest and questioning at London’s Heathrow airport of David Miranda, the domestic partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, are a serious warning on the advanced stage of the decay of democracy in Britain and internationally.

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Bradley Manning (not) on TV Network News By Peter Hart

5 June 2013 — FAIR Blog

manning-nbcThe first day of Bradley Manning’s court-martial trial was, by any rational definition, big news. Manning allegedly shared thousands of documents with the anti-secrecy websiteWikiLeaks. Those revelations made enormous contributions to public knowledge about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and exposed some of theinner workings of U.S. foreign policy.

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Freedom of the Press: Obama Justice Department Secretly seized Associated Press Telephone Records By Barry Grey

15 May, 2013 — World Socialist Web Site

In a brazen and illegal attack on press freedom, the Obama Justice Department secretly subpoenaed the telephone records of Associated Press editors and journalists and tracked ingoing and outgoing calls on at least 20 telephone lines, including the national headquarters of the press agency and its news bureaus in New York, Hartford and Washington DC. Among the lines tracked was the telephone used by AP reporters working out of the House of Representatives press gallery in the Capitol.

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