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New Report Finds Obama’s Policies Threaten an Independent Press

New Report Finds Obama’s Policies Threaten an Independent Press | Michael Butler 1st amendment freedom of press | Scoop.it
The Committee to Protect Journalists has released its first-ever special report on freedom of the press in the United States. For many years, CPJ has documented attacks on journalists in many countries around the world.

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The article is about how the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistle blowers than all of the other administrations combined. It is also how he said when he took office that this would not be true. he was going to let the people exersise their freedom of the press freely and openly.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 12, 2013 10:30 AM

Please take some time to read over what the EFF has to report.

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Microsoft Corporation Stands Up For Its Foreign Customers

Microsoft Corporation Stands Up For Its Foreign Customers | Michael Butler 1st amendment freedom of press | Scoop.it
HR In the wake of the technologically brutal crudity that the NSA is showing in its bulk widespread surveillance programs exposed to the light by brave journalists, fortified by the United States Constitution’s right to freedom of the press,...

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Microsoft, as well as Google and Yahoo, are enhancing their encryptions so their cusmomers are beter protected from the government, while they are watching the internet. These companies have made it so that even other countries overseas can have their more encrypted software.

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Report blasts US press freedom | Al Jazeera America

Report blasts US press freedom   | Al Jazeera America | Michael Butler 1st amendment freedom of press | Scoop.it
Unprecedented report says Obama administration's tactics have brought 'chilling effect' on journalism
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This article states that although Barack Obama went into office saying that he would make everthing transparent, so that there were fewer secerets, he has not kept his promise. Things now are more secretative now than they ever have been. It seems to be that each administration learns something from the prior, and take from them how to be more secretative.

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High school journalists on freedom of the press

Student journalists comment on why freedom of the press matters to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2011.
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Internet Freedom: A Disturbing View From the Trenches | Tim Karr Blog | Huff Post

Internet Freedom: A Disturbing View From the Trenches | Tim Karr Blog | Huff Post | Michael Butler 1st amendment freedom of press | Scoop.it

Is the Internet freedom movement a thing? That depends on whom you ask, and where you live.

 

In the United States, more than two million people rallied to demand Net Neutrality in 2010. Our ranks swelled to the tens of millions in the 2012 fight to kill legislation that would have let Hollywood wreak havoc on the open Internet in its heavy-handed hunt for copyright pirates.

 

Globally, we've come together to protest any treaty or multinational agreement, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that threatens online speech and privacy.

 

We've formed international coalitions in support of the Declaration of Internet Freedom, and recently presented the U.N. Human Rights Council with international principles designed to protect our rights to free speech and privacy in the face of international mass surveillance of communications.

 

Internet freedom advocates have taken on some of the most powerful institutions, companies and governments -- and won, a lot more often than anyone expected.

 

Despite these advances, the movement is in retreat in some parts of the planet. A new Freedom House report reveals as much. Freedom on the Net 2013 (pdf) found that in 34 of the 60 nations studied, online rights had declined over the preceding year.

 

"While blocking and filtering remain the preferred methods of censorship in many countries," said Freedom on the Net Project Director Sanja Kelly, "governments are increasingly looking at who is saying what online, and finding ways to punish them."

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This article pretains to how the government is overseeing how and what we use the internet for. It also shows how we can be punished for our actions on the web. Those actions could lead to jail time and other major offences.

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Aurora Trial Ignites Controversial Question: Can Freedom Of The Press Survive?

Aurora Trial Ignites Controversial Question: Can Freedom Of The Press Survive? | Michael Butler 1st amendment freedom of press | Scoop.it
As the preliminaries for the murder trial of suspected Aurora, Colo., shooter James Holmes unfold, a compelling side-story is quietly developing that could have significant implications for freedom of the press in the United States.
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This article shows how the freedom of the press can sometimes get you into hot water. Mrs. Winters doesn't want to reveal her source, however if she doesn't, she will go to jail. She should not have to reveal her source because in doing so, it will make people afraid oof coming forward and telling the trueth. no one wants to be known as a whistle blower, for fear of ridacule.

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Kirsten Powers:Obama vs. Fox News -- behind the White House strategy to delegitimize a news organization

Kirsten Powers:Obama vs. Fox News -- behind the White House strategy to delegitimize a news organization | Michael Butler 1st amendment freedom of press | Scoop.it
There is no war on terror for the Obama White House, but there is one on Fox News.

 

There is no war on terror for the Obama White House, but there is one on Fox News.

In a recent interview with The New Republic, President Obama was back to his grousing about the one television news outlet in America that won’t fall in line and treat him as emperor. Discussing breaking Washington's partisan gridlock, the president told TNR,"If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News...for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it."

Alas, the president loves to whine about the media meanies at Fox News. To him, these are not people trying to do their jobs. No, they are out to get him. What other motive could a journalist have in holding a president accountable? Why oh why do Ed Henry and Chris Wallace insist on asking hard questions? Make them stop!

 

The president seems more comfortable talking to "real journalists" such as Chris Hughes, who asked the question in the TNR interview that elicited Obama's reflexive Fox hatred. Hughes is the new owner of TNR and is a former major Obama campaign donor and organizer who was featured on the cover of Fast Company, with the headline, "The Kid Who Made Obama President." You can't make this stuff up.

This latest volley from the president is just one in a long line of comments from his White House as part of their campaign to silence any dissent they detect in the press corps. 

Recently, the White House has kept Fox News off of conference calls dealing with the Benghazi attack, despite Fox News being the only outlet that was regularly reporting on it and despite Fox having top notch foreign policy reporters. 

They have left Chris Wallace’s "Fox News Sunday" out of a round of interviews that included CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS for not being part of a “legitimate” news network. In October 2009, as part of an Obama administration onslaught against Fox News,White House senior adviser David Axelrod said on ABC’s “This Week” that the Fox News Channel is "not really a news station" and that much of the programming is "not really news."

Whether you are liberal or conservative, libertarian, moderate or politically agnostic, everyone should be concerned when leaders of our government believe they can intentionally try to delegitimize a news organization they don’t like. 

In fact, if you are a liberal – as I am – you should be the most offended, as liberalism is founded on the idea of cherishing dissent and an inviolable right to freedom of expression. 

That more liberals aren't calling out the White House for this outrageous behavior tells you something about the state of liberalism in America today. 

Sure, everyone understands how some of Fox's opinion programming would get under President Obama's skin, the same way MSNBC from 4pm until closing time is not the favorite stop for Republicans.  But it's not okay -- or presidential -- to continue smearing an entire network of hard working journalists because you are mad at Sean Hannity.  

During the initial launch of the war on Fox News in October 2009, then-White House Communications Director Anita Dunn told the New York Times of Fox News, “[W]e don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.” On CNN, she declared that Fox was a “wing of the Republican Party.” Then: “let's not pretend they're a news network the way CNN is."

Gosh, this sounds so familiar. In fact, it’s exactly the line that Media Matters used in a 2010 memo to donors: “Fox News is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.” 

In fact, this is the signature line of Media Matters in discussing Fox News, which they say they exist to destroy. Their CEO, David Brock told Politico in 2011 that their strategy was a “war on Fox” that is executed by 90 staff members and a $10 million yearly budget, gratis liberal donors.

Can someone explain to me how it’s “liberal” to try and shut down a media organization? What the Obama administration is doing, and what liberals are funding at MMFA is beyond chilling – it’s a deep freeze.

On the heels of Dunn’s attack on Fox, Brock wrote a letter to progressive organizations bragging about the U.S. government trashing a news organization: “In recent days, a new level of scrutiny has been directed toward Fox News, in no small part due to statements from the White House, and from Media Matters, challenging its standing as a news organization.” Point of order: who put Media Matters in charge of determining what is and isn't a news operation? http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1009/Media_Matters_coordinates_campaign_against_lethal_Fox.html

 

 

A Media Matters memo http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/media-matters-war-on-fox-memo  found its way into the public domain and if you care at all about decency and freedom of the press, it will make you throw up. If you like McCarthyism, it’s right up your alley. It details to liberal donors how they have plans to assemble opposition research on Fox News employees. 

It complains of the “pervasive unwillingness among members of the media to officially kick Fox News to the curb of the press club” and outlines how they are going to change that through targeting elite media figures and turning them against Fox. They say they want to set up a legal fund to sue (harass) conservatives for any “slanderous” comments they make about progressives on air. They actually cite one of the best journalists around, Jake Tapper, as a problem because he questioned the White House about calling a news outlet “illegitimate.” Tapper can see the obvious: if the White House can call one news outlet illegitimate for asking tough questions, then guess who is next? Anyone.

We defend freedom of the press because of the principle, not because we like everything the press does. For example, I defend MSNBC’s right to run liberal programming to their hearts content. 

Monitoring the media is actually a good thing; the media should be held accountable, including Fox News. When MMFA began I was supportive of their endeavor and even used some of their research. They seemed a counterbalance to conservative media monitoring organizations. 

But now the mask is off. They make no bones about their intentions, and it's not a fair media. It is clear now that the idea of freedom of the press actually offends Media Matters.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/01/29/obama-vs-fox-news-behind-white-house-strategy-to-delegitimize-news-organization/#ixzz2JWte5NVG

 

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Last week Rolling Stone editor Michael Hastings – who is a liberal and said recently that “most journalists I know are liberal”

http://wizbangblog.com/2012/02/03/admission-journalists-are-liberals-not-interested-in-facts-and-truth/  and When they are near him, they lose their mind sometimes. They start behaving in ways, you know, that are juvenile and amateurish and they swoon.”

http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/24/buzzfeeds-hastings-white-house-press-corps-swoon-lose-their-mind-in-obamas-presence-2/

Fox was a “wing of the Republican Party.” Then: “let's not pretend they're a news network the way CNN i
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/12/white-house-escalates-war-words-fox-news/

 

 


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This article talks about how Barack Obama doesn't like fox news. Obama doesn't like fox because they ask questions, hard questions, that he could not answer. The article also states how the president critisizes journalists. And since 2009, Barack Obama has been trying to influence people to shut down fox news.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, January 31, 2013 1:06 AM

Good to see Kirsten Powers defending Fox, of course she is a contributor there but she is also a liberal, who tends to be more balanced than most liberals these days. Sometimes I think she is too sane to be a liberal, but then she shows her true colors again when it comes to Obamacare or gun control. It's good to see someone exposing the liberal media bias who is also a liberal herself.  The mainstream media needs to stop whining about Fox so much and start being more honest and balanced in their reporting, then maybe they wouldn't be criticized so much and be taken more seriously by the at least 53% of the country.

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Articles about Freedom Of The Press - Los Angeles Times

Freedom Of The Press News. Find breaking news, commentary, and archival information about Freedom Of The Press From The Los Angeles Times
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This article shows how sometimes freedom of the press can be costly. When something is writen that puts someone who is a high profile person, in a bad light, it can be  considered defamation of character.  In this case Wayne Newton felt his reputation had been damaged and that he deserved some sort of compensation for the damages.  The reporter was fighting that he did not lie about Mr Newton, so he should have been protected under freedom of speech.    However the jury in the case said they found a lie in his article and that is what made them award him money.

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Obama Is Killing The Freedom Of The Press

Obama campaigned on protecting freedom of the press, but he has done the exact opponent. Follow me below Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RawSanity Tumblr: ht...
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Freedom of the Press Foundation Launches Campaign to Support Encryption Tools For Journalists

Freedom of the Press Foundation Launches Campaign to Support Encryption Tools For Journalists | Michael Butler 1st amendment freedom of press | Scoop.it
Crowd-funding Campaign Will Support A Variety of Open-Source Encryption Tools That Make Communications Between Journalists and Sources Safer
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“Protecting the digital communications of journalists is turning into the press freedom fight of the 21st Century,” said Freedom of the Press Foundation executive director Trevor Timm. “The Obama administration has been able to prosecute a record number of whistleblowers largely by subpoenaing emails and phone calls. It’s clear that journalists can’t protect their own sources by just refusing to testify anymore, so we need tools that will help them.”

The two-month long campaign will support projects by proven security experts, who are working on making end-to-end encryption easier for phone calls, texts, instant messages, emails, and browsing the web. The projects are all open-source and free to use. They include:


Via Andrea Naranjo
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The freedom of the press foundation raised $480,000 towards encryption software for journalists. they are trying to help protect the journalists and their scources from being spyed on by the government. There are different types of software options available to journalist. they are still working on them to make sure that the software is completely non-transparent to ensure the privacy of everyone that uses it in hopes that one day journalists will be able to transmit their information without fear of being prosecuted.

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