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America’s Newspapers is joining the News Media Alliance (the Alliance), the National Newspaper Association (NNA) and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in asking Congress to take action on two measures that would help ensure newspapers, radio and television stations can continue to provide critical news and information during the COVID-19 pandemic. more
China has placed enormous pressure on foreign journalists during the novel coronavirus crisis. Bureaus have emptied as U.S. citizens have been forced out, while international travel restrictions have kept journalists from reentering the country. … more
The “daily guidance” memo from the White House for the events of last Wednesday couldn’t have been clearer: At 5 p.m., “Members of the Coronavirus Task Force hold a press briefing.” When the briefing began, however, Defense Secretary Mark … more
More than a dozen senators are calling for any future stimulus package addressing the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus to include funding for local journalism, saying that communities across the U.S. are at risk of losing their source of … more
A coalition of more than 45 organizations and scholars has called on Congress to include vital funding for local news in the next coronavirus stimulus package. In a letter sent today, Free Press Action, PEN America, Common Cause and other … more
In response to the Turkish Parliament’s proposed bill that would release 90,000 prisoners to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but which would not free journalists held as political prisoners, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the … more
The coronavirus outbreak in the United States has forced a reckoning for political and medical pundits and their proclamations about the virus. This has especially been the case with Fox News and now Drew Pinsky (known as “Dr. Drew”), who echoed … more
When a flu-like virus tore through the world, killing tens of millions and infecting far more, the papers in Europe told readers of "Spanish flu." King Alfonso XIII of Spain was one of many stricken, they reported in 1918. What they didn't say was … more
Twitter has deleted 20,000 fake accounts linked to the governments of Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Honduras and Indonesia, saying they violated company policy and were a “targeted attempt to undermine the public conversation”. Yoel Roth, the … more
One day after her employer was kicked out of the rotation to cover daily press briefings by President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force, OAN correspondent Chanel Rion was back in the briefing room at press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s … more
The closures started in early March. As coronavirus cases started to stack up in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared a state of emergency, then shuttered K-12 schools, bars and restaurants and eventually all nonessential businesses. But that’s … more
A U.S. congressman is calling on the State Department to urge China to investigate the disappearance of three Chinese citizen journalists who sought to expose the impact of the coronavirus on the Chinese city of Wuhan. In a letter dated Tuesday, … more
The Alliance and 11 other business associations sent a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) encouraging the agency to put forward measures in the coming weeks that will provide business mailers with incentives to stay in our nation’s … more
On Friday—as concern spread internationally about Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister, using the cover of the coronavirus to consolidate his personal power—Politico published an op-ed in which Judit Varga, Orbán’s justice … more
More than one Mexican journalist found themselves perplexed. After federal authorities laid out the measures to avoid Covid-19 transmissions, such as keeping physical distance between people, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has led massive … more
There have been a lot more empty seats at President Trump’s daily press briefings—but no, news organizations aren’t boycotting the events in protest or attempting to silence him, despite what he suggested at a briefing earlier this week. … more
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, members of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force have overwhelmingly appeared on Fox News to discuss the virus, while largely shunning CNN and MSNBC. According to Media Matters’ internal … more
By banishing the word “coronavirus” from the Turkmen vocabulary in a radical move to suppress all information about the pandemic, Turkmenistan’s government is putting its citizens in danger, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says. The … more
President Donald Trump argued with “PBS NewsHour” reporter Yamiche Alcindor over what the president had said, or hadn’t said, about New York’s need for ventilators. Ventilators are a type of medical equipment considered vital for saving the … more
There is one thing you know for sure when President Donald Trump holds a briefing about coronavirus: you cannot trust what he says. Since the beginning of this pandemic crisis he has evolved, contradicted himself or outright misled the American … more
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