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Outcry over summoning of French journalists by intel agency

May. 24, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders is urging French authorities to explain why the country's intelligence agency summoned eight journalists working on sensitive stories. Secretary-general Christophe Deloire says the watchdog fears "an attempt to intimidate the journalists and their...

US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

May. 24, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. The...

The Latest: Assange lawyer says charges threaten journalists

May. 24, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (all times local): 5:10 p.m. A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the "unprecedented charges" against his client threaten all journalists looking to inform the public about actions taken by the American...

In new charges against Assange, groups see cause for concern

May. 23, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New charges filed against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange quickly drew alarm Thursday from media organizations and others. The groups are concerned that the Justice Department is charging Assange for actions that ordinary journalists do routinely in their jobs. Department officials said...

Legal experts: California reporter did not commit crime

May. 23, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A battle between the press and police is playing out in politically liberal San Francisco after police raided a freelance reporter's home and office seeking to uncover the source of a leaked police report into the unexpected death of the city's former elected public defender....

San Francisco police chief: Journalist 'crossed the line'

May. 21, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco police chief said Tuesday that he respects the news media, but a freelance journalist whose home and office were raided by officers had "crossed the line" by joining a conspiracy to steal a confidential report. Chief William Scott addressed reporters hours after...

The Latest: Police chief says he respects press freedom

May. 21, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a San Francisco reporter whose home and office were raided by police (all times local): 5:40 p.m. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott is acknowledging the furor his department caused when officers raided the home and office of a freelance journalist. A chastened...

Iowa man sues after arrest for profane post against deputy

May. 21, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A southwest Iowa man filed a free speech lawsuit Tuesday against a sheriff's deputy, his supervisor and a county government after he was charged with harassment for writing a social media post that profanely criticized the deputy. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed the...

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

May. 18, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news. In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in...

White House launches survey looking for tech industry bias

May. 15, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On the heels of President Donald Trump's repeated assertions claiming anti-conservative bias by tech companies, the White House has launched an online form asking people to share their experiences if they think political partisanship has led them to be silenced by social media sites....