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The team at @uspresstracker is reporting out press freedom violations related to the 2020 election. Follow that coverage: pressfreedomtracker.us/election-2020/
Over the last few days, reports of 37+ assaults, arrests and other aggressions against the press were reported to @uspresstracker from protests across the nation. Find some of those reports in this thread:
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It's always been absurd that the NYPD is in charge of the credentialing process for the press. But their lie about arresting a journalist over the weekend should end it once and for all. freedom.press/news/nypd-lie-…
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Yet another reason this department should absolutely not be in charge of issuing press credentials. Read more: freedom.press/news/nypd-lie-… twitter.com/uspresstracker…
Journalists told us about using this tool for reporting on topics like terrorism, misinformation campaigns, and local disasters. But due to a copyright complaint from the recording industry, its development hub has been pulled offline. freedom.press/news/riaa-gith…
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Minnesota's DHS fusion center makes a bulletproof case for radical government transparency reform twitter.com/kenklippenstei…
June 3: NYPD officer hits, knocks down Reuters photographer covering Brooklyn protest pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/…
DM or email [email protected] if you are a journalist — or know of one — who has experienced a press freedom violation while covering the 2020 Election :
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NYPD claimed it didn't arrest any journalists at a protest on Sunday, despite clear video evidence that it did. That lie should be another nail in the coffin of the department's press credentialing powers. freedom.press/news/nypd-lie-…
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If you have First Amendment questions this election day, contact the @FACoalition legal hotline: —Protesters' rights to assemble and record the police —Journalists' newsgathering rights —Access to public records and meetings firstamendmentcoalition.org/legal-hotline/
As @gideonoliver notes, the NYPD's own Patrol Guide does not limit "members of the press" to those carrying NYPD press credentials. Thread: twitter.com/gideonoliver/s…
We've updated this post to include comments from Chae Kihn, the photojournalist the NYPD arrested on the day the NYPD denied arresting journalists. “I am not a threat to anyone. I'm a photographer documenting this movement.” freedom.press/news/nypd-lie-…
NYPD's claim that it arrested no journalists during a weekend protest is misleading because the comment is limited to those with police-issued credentials. This underscores the problem with government-issued credentials, writes @xor for @FreedomofPress. freedom.press/news/nypd-lie-…
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Tomorrow, 10 AM ET at OsloMet: @JennHenrichsen will be presenting research in collaboration with our own @mshelton, on digital security education in U.S. journalism schools. Register to join the discussion, won't you? blogg.hioa.no/mekk/2020/10/1…
Congratulations to the high school journalists at the Manual Redeye who broke this important police story through public records reporting. washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/11…
NYPD claimed it didn't arrest any journalists at a protest on Sunday, despite clear video evidence that it did. That lie should be another nail in the coffin of the department's press credentialing powers. freedom.press/news/nypd-lie-…
There's no excuse for denying press remote access to this hearing, even if this disconnection was accidental. This is a matter of intense public interest, and courts have a duty to the public. twitter.com/AriBerman/stat…
Join @jhrnews on Nov 5 at 12pm ET for Press Freedom & Land Defence, an essential conversation about journalist safety and Indigenous movements twitter.com/jhrnews/status…
Need a friendly distraction? Next week, @JennHenrichsen will be presenting research in collaboration with our own @mshelton on the adoption of digital security education in U.S. journalism schools. Join us at OsloMet, November 2-4. oslomet.no/en/about/event…
It's that time again! We're talking digital security, sharing spooky hot takes, and playing games with some special guests today at 4:30 pm ET on twitch.tv/freedomofpress
Journalists: @FreedomofPress has a trove of digital security and surveillance self defense trainings available, and they update them regularly. Check them out 👇freedom.press/training/l
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Facebook has threatened the operators of Ad Observer, an important reporting tool that keeps surfacing critical stories about political advertising on the platform. We've signed an open letter telling Facebook to back off. foundation.mozilla.org/en/blog/dear-m…
DHS appears willing to violate whistleblower laws to shut down leaks techdirt.com/articles/20201…
Journalists told us about using this tool for reporting on topics like terrorism, misinformation campaigns, and local disasters. But due to a copyright complaint from the recording industry, its development hub has been pulled offline. freedom.press/news/riaa-gith…
Newsrooms, take note: G Suite is changing. Google has added more logging capabilities for administrators, and rebranded their services, now called Google Workspace. Our digital security team wrote all about its privacy and security properties. freedom.press/training/blog/…
A Trump administration official has swept aside a regulatory "firewall" of independence for Voice of America journalists, in a move staffers have called an "existential" threat npr.org/2020/10/27/928…
Journalists have reported numerous important public interest stories using data gathered by thousands of volunteers running the Ad Observer tool launched by NYU researchers in September. Now Facebook is demanding the software shut down. apnews.com/article/media-…
The music industry is trying to kill this clever piece of code which lets journalists and researchers download Youtube videos. Weaponizing the DMCA to attack tools, under the guise that they *could* be used to pirate material, is a very dangerous propsect. freedom.press/news/riaa-gith…
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Update: In latest escalation, State Department announces 6 additional Chinese media outlets in the U.S. will be treated as “foreign missions,” bringing total to 15. pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/…
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The takedown of the popular youtube-dl tool is impacting journalists, archivists and citizen who use this software for their work. We spoke with @xor on how this takedown could impact our work for @FreedomofPress freedom.press/news/riaa-gith…
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A recording industry group got Github to suspend one of its most popular repositories: a tool called youtube-dl. Here are some of the many ways journalists use the software for reporting. freedom.press/news/riaa-gith…
This month we started tracking which news sites offer their sites over onion services. Read more: freedom.press/news/onions-si… Now @themarkup has made it onto the list! twitter.com/SecureTheNews/…
Staying Safe as a Journalist: What You Need to Know f. @mollyhf (@latimes) @Dan_McF (@ACLU_Mass) @Tara_ONeill_ (@Hearst) @stephanie_alena (@uspresstracker) Learn how to prepare yourself for protests, law enforcement and the health risks posed by COVID-19 youtu.be/_xyq4gQ-qIQ
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July 12: Two Portland journalists hit by crowd-control munitions fired by federal agents, leaving one with multiple injuries pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/…
As journalists cover protests across the nation, these numbers reflect incidents reported to us since May 26, spanning 80 cities in 36 states. As we independently verify each report, find those articles here: pressfreedomtracker.us/george-floyd-p…
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Latest reported aggressions against the press as of Thursday, Oct. 22 *875+ total press freedom incidents* 121+ arrests 219 physical attacks (158 by law enforcement) 200 rubber bullet / projectiles 100 tear gassings 64 pepper sprayings 90 equipment/newsroom damage 81 other/TBD
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June 13: Unicorn Riot reporter was assaulted and saw his bike damaged while covering protests in Philadelphia pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/…
Our friends at @torproject have launched their year-end campaign: Use a Mask, Use Tor. blog.torproject.org/use-a-mask-use…
Everyone knows your password starts with letters, adds numbers, and ends with a symbol. Short, predictable passwords make it easy for hackers to hijack your account. Use password managers to easily maintain unique, random passwords. freedom.press/training/blog/…
Time for our regular, completely unprompted reminder to enable two-factor authentication. freedom.press/training/2fa-b…
Important investigation: as local news outlets struggle to serve their communities, a group of shadowy alternatives have emerged twitter.com/daveyalba/stat…
Another facet to the "billionaire problem" facing media outlets today: what happens when the rich and powerful decide they don't need the press? Interesting column by @hamiltonnolan: cjr.org/public_editor/…
New White House filing in FOIA suit argues that when the president tweeted he "fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents" with "[n]o redactions!" he was not really authorizing documents be released without redactions twitter.com/FOIAFeed/statu…
Not a funny joke from an administration that has repeatedly threatened and endangered journalists freedom.press/news/trumps-an… twitter.com/MattGertz/stat…
The New Yorker profiles @moxie, founder of Signal—the encrypted messaging app widely used by journalists for sensitive communication with sources newyorker.com/magazine/2020/…
As a platform entrusted with such a significant role in political and journalistic conversation, Twitter owes it to its users and the public to produce a coherent and consistent policy that does not sweep up “unauthorized” reporting. After all, that's what journalism is.
It should also be noted, efforts by politicians to conflate Twitter's policy decisions with dangerous CDA 230 proposals are misguided at best and disingenuous at worst. Section 230 is an important free speech protection—including for news outlets.
But it's still not exactly clear where Twitter has landed. For example, as @dellcam notes here, Twitter still blocks URLs for projects like @DDoSecret and its Blue Leaks reporting. gizmodo.com/no-twitter-did…
Twitter's acknowledgement that its “Hacked Materials Policy” has serious implications—and potentially major chilling effects—for public interest journalism and whistleblowers is an admirable step forward for the company. These are welcome changes. twitter.com/vijaya/status/…
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