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The coronavirus pandemic, which has grown to over 740,000 cases and 35,000 deaths around the world, has been so singular an event that even some staunch advocates for civil liberties say they’re willing to accept previously unthinkable … more
Yesterday morning, the homepage of the New York Times made for grim reading. “NYC’s 911 system is overwhelmed,” one headline read. “Who should be saved first?” another asked, “Experts offer ethical guidance.” Amid the coverage of the … more
In a letter this week to President Trump, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, America’s Newspapers CEO Dean Ridings and News Media Alliance President and CEO David Chavern are starting a dialogue with top elected officials about the role the federal government can play in ensuring the survival of the vital services provided by local news publishers. more
President and CEO of the News Media Alliance, David Chavern, and CEO of America’s Newspapers, Dean Ridings, which represent thousands of local news publishers across the United States, today sent a letter to President Donald Trump, Senate … more
“I’ve gotten to like this room,” President Trump said March 23 in the White House briefing room. If the walls had ears, they’d have been surprised to hear it. Until recently, the Trump administration had all but done away with formal press … more
A reporter for the state capital bureau operated jointly by two of Florida’s largest newspapers was denied access Saturday to a press conference by Gov. Ron DeSantis detailing the state’s latest efforts to contain one of the largest outbreaks of … more
Critical information about China’s battle with coronavirus could be lost because of the nation’s decision to expel several US journalists, Beijing experts and media campaigners have warned. The Chinese government last week announced the … more
Investigative journalist Blaž Zgaga has been targeted by a hate campaign fuelled by the Slovenian government on social networks and in the media since sending an official Freedom of Information Request on the COVID-19 pandemic to the authorities in … more
The federal government announced Wednesday that it is planning a $30-million COVID-19 awareness advertising campaign and moving closer to implementing long-promised tax credits for newspapers as it seeks to support Canada's struggling media … more
In this legal update, William Eck of Seyfarth Shaw outlines the parameters of the eligibility for a low interest loan for small businesses, small agricultural and most nonprofits under the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. more
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak which by some counts has infected more than 50 thousand people in the US, shops and restaurants are not the only operations shutting down. Across the country, local, state, and federal agencies have slowed their … more
Egyptian authorities have forced a Guardian journalist to leave the country after she reported on a scientific study that said Egypt was likely to have many more coronavirus cases than have been officially confirmed. Ruth Michaelson, who has lived … more
I am writing from St. Petersburg, Florida, where my county just enacted a “stay-in-place” order. Well, sort of. My county isn’t ordering businesses closed, but plans to shut them down or fine them if an owner doesn’t enforce social … more
In his remarks to the media and the public, World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom has regularly emphasized that accurate, timely information is essential to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet around the world, governments are … more
Police in Hyderabad and Delhi assaulted at least four journalists yesterday, as India began a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to news reports and journalists who spoke to CPJ. The Ministry of Information and … more
These days, if it’s 4:59 in Kentucky, people across the state are racing to tune in. No matter the local news carrier—from Pikeville in the east to Paducah in the west—it’s pretty much a given that your television, my television, and our … more
What are the laws about quarantines? We are not there yet, but this is a big question that many people have asked me. Can the government force me to stay indoors? Can they make it a crime to go outside? The answer is “yes” to both and, let me … more
Wall Street came roaring back Tuesday with all major indices rising on a potential deal between Senate Democrats and Republicans to approve a new stimulus package and suggestions from President Donald Trump that the economy would reopen sooner … more
The White House Correspondents’ Association said that a member of the press corps has a suspected case of the coronavirus and is advising journalists and others who were at the White House on a series of dates over the past two weeks to take … more
I started looking into this question with the thought that we might see crime rates go down if people are at home to protect their stuff. It turns out, the opposite may be true.  Fast Company reports: “According to a new study of 1 million … more
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