Press Commentary

Seeing the news – from every angle – is necessary to report it

Inside the First Amendment

Things are not “looking up” when it comes to our ability to “look down” or just around to keep an eye on what our police and other authorities are doing.
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Press Freedom in the 21st Century

Free Speech Now!

A panelist at the upcoming Newseum Institute event argues for the importance of press freedom in an interview with Spiked magazine.
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FCC study: Necessary report or ‘national news nanny’?

The government’s record on good intentions and the news media provides enough cause to worry.
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When and why we need to hear 911 calls

There are strong First Amendment reasons for disclosure of 911 calls, including those recently released from last year’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
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Reporting JFK’s death – 50 years of facts, conspiracy theories

Outside of the most rabid conspiracy circles, it’s fair to say we know a great deal about the assassination of President Kennedy thanks to a half-century of news and information brought to us unfettered by government censorship.
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Who holds the news media accountable? We all do

In-house ombudsmen who publicly criticize bad reporting by their news organizations help the public judge news-media credibility.
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On today’s card: national security vs. public’s right to know

We’re only in the early rounds of balancing legitimate national-security concerns against over-classification and with the need of the public for accurate information on what its government is doing.
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Second try at a shield law echoes the first

An irony of timing twice has put U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning in the headlines at critical moments in gaining congressional approval of a federal shield law that would protect journalists and their confidential sources.
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Freedom to report the news requires the freedom to gather it

Freedom to report the news requires the freedom to gather it. In the months ahead, that basic concept – so central to the First Amendment’s protection of a free press – will also be at the heart of the ongoing debate over how far government officials may go in pursuit of those responsible for “leaking” classified information to journalists.
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Tragedies reshape free speech, free press

Two national tragedies separated by six years and a day – the April 15 bombing at the Boston Marathon and the April 16, 2007, mass shooting at Virginia Tech University – also are notable in marking how technology is reshaping our freedoms of speech and press.
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