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In the more than half-century since President Lyndon Johnson signed the nation’s first Freedom of Information Act into law, the measure has proved to be a valuable tool for taxpayers and the press to keep a check on dealings by public officials … more
Alongside the mountain of related challenges, governments responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have found fake news and misinformation a frequent source of frustration. Some now refer to the wave of misinformation that has accompanied the coronavirus … more
Before the novel coronavirus struck the United States, there was already a small-but-measurable groundswell of support for more government support for local news. But the virus and its devastating effects on advertising—even as the audience for … more
The warning that I would be expelled from Egypt began with a few simple words. “They just want to see your visa,” a British embassy official told me on March 18, passing on a message from Egyptian security officials at the country’s visa and … more
The pandemic shutdown is causing a logjam in courts that is piling on top of the normal holdups—trials and hearings are significantly delayed even in better days. I am seeing reports from around the country that should concern us all. The National … more
The French government has taken down a Covid-19 “fake news” page after accusations that it had overstepped its constitutional role and infringed press freedoms. A page called Desinfox–a play on the word desintox (detox)–appeared on the … more
In India, the spread of the novel coronavirus has been followed by a spate of threats against press freedom. On March 24, the day Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announced a strict nationwide lockdown, he gathered about twenty of the country’s … more
Since taking office in March, Slovenia’s rightwing prime minister, Janez Janša, has been busy on Twitter. He has called critical journalists liars and “presstitutes”, and said the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) should … more
The Global Network Initiative, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations of which CPJ is a member, issued a statement yesterday calling on governments to refrain from shutting down internet access amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. … more
The White House is shifting its coronavirus communications coordination from Vice President Mike Pence’s office to the regular White House communications and press shops, according to two administration officials familiar with the matter. The … more
Axios, which qualified for a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan to avoid layoffs, will return the money, after nearing a deal for an alternative source of capital. Why it matters: In the four weeks since Axios applied for the loan, based on … more
When they began to see the devastating impact coronavirus-related shutdowns were having on their advertising revenue, local newspapers across the country—like local businesses across the country—turned to the federal government and its stimulus … more
A Fijian military leader has said the government was justified in “stifling criticism” of its policies by the press during the Covid-19 outbreak, prompting warnings that Pacific leaders should not use the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to quell … more
Community and regional newspapers have suffered another blow with local councils no longer legally required to advertise government business. NSW minister for local government Shelley Hancock last week announced she would permanently remove the … more
Who knows what’s going to happen with the daily White House coronavirus press conferences? President Donald Trump held one of his shortest briefings on Friday—just 21 minutes with no questions. There were no briefings Saturday or Sunday. We … more
United States Senators have a new idea to boost struggling local news outlets in their home states: Ads from the federal government. Nearly three-quarters of the US Senate have signed a letter to the Trump administration encouraging various agencies … more
trongman leaders around the world are using the coronavirus crisis to stifle journalists, a leading press freedom watchdog has warned, as it bemoaned a missed opportunity to highlight the severity of the outbreak in its early days in Wuhan, China. … more
In the fall of 2019, city officials in Cleveland were confronted with the kind of economic crisis that is, by now, familiar across the country: a Fortune 500 company threatens to leave a city unless it gets millions of dollars to stay. On the line … more
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is better known for yelling at journalists than consoling them. But when Mr. Pompeo got on the phone with the publishers of The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times on March 21, he said he … more
A group of Democratic and Republican senators is pushing for Congress to ensure that more local news outlets are eligible for small business assistance in any future coronavirus stimulus package. In a letter sent to Senate leadership on Saturday, … more
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