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In-house ombudsmen who publicly criticize bad reporting by their news organizations help the public judge news-media credibility.
Can Amazon founder sustain focus on holding government accountable in an era of news as celebrity fluff and pundit chatter?
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.
Journalists – reporters and photographers – are being arrested while reporting on public demonstrations or police activity on matters of public interest.
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.
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.
The disputed subject of placing television cameras in the U.S. Supreme Court has evoked passion for decades on both sides of the argument, with – no surprise – the justices’ “no” winning out.
It’s important to examine “threats” against the press with a sense of history..
It’s open season on paparazzi in celebrity-laden states as legislatures gear up to protect the rich and famous. Most recently, the Hawaii legislature was so grateful that Steven Tyler purchased a home on Maui that they named an anti-paparazzi bill after him
Much attention has been focused in recent days on the Obama administration’s semi-secret “drone” program and on reports of covert surveillance and lethal attacks on terrorist targets in the Middle East and elsewhere.
The use of such deadly force through the use of remotely piloted aircraft by the U.S. military certainly deserves scrutiny – as does [...]
Maryland legislator’s bill to prohibit newspapers from publishing information about firearm owners is a baffling backlash against a New York paper’s release of such public records.
Expect Congress to revisit the free-speech and free-press issues surrounding news sources and the leaking of secrets and classified documents.
The best protection for a free press is professionalism, and much of the news reporting on the horrible school shootings has fallen short of the basic standard of accuracy vital to journalism.
John Silva’s legacy is a reshaped identity of our modern free press, both in how it reports the news and in what the news-viewing public expects.