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Supreme Court last chance for Trump to block Twitter critics

Mar. 23, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will have to go to the U.S. Supreme Court if he wants to block critics from his personal Twitter account. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected by a 7-2 vote his lawyers' request for all of the court's active judges to conduct a rare hearing to...

The New York Times Beijing based correspondent Steven Lee Myers, left, chats with other foreign journalists after attending a daily briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China in retaliation for a new limit imposed by the Trump administration on visas for Chinese state-owned media operating in the U.S. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

At least 13 US journalists facing expulsion from China

Mar. 18, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China in retaliation for a new visa limit imposed by the Trump administration on Chinese state-owned media operating in the U.S. The Chinese government announced Wednesday that Americans working at three major U.S. newspapers would...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, a member of an honor guard wears a face mask as he stands guard in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. On Wednesday, March 17, 2020, China announced that it will revoke the media credentials of American journalists at three major U.S. news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to new U.S. restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China to expel American reporters after US curbs its media

Mar. 18, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it will revoke the media credentials of all American journalists at three major U.S. news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to U.S. restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. The foreign ministry said American citizens working...

In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020 photo, Shane Fitzgerald Regional Executive Editor for Gannett works at his computer in Langhorne, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Amid decline, newspapers press less for records in court

Mar. 15, 2020 3:42 AM EDT

Shane Fitzgerald has pushed for public records in court to help his reporters uncover details of a destructive school fire, the police shooting of an inmate and a public defender who wasn't doing much work. But there are many instances where his newspaper group in suburban Philadelphia has not, especially since...

How reporters or members of the public can access legal help

Mar. 15, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

Some legal resources for reporters, local news organizations and members of the public who seek access to public records and meetings: — Legal Assistance: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is placing attorneys in Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee to provide legal support...

In this Oct. 17, 2020, photo, Pakistani civil society activists hold candle vigil to pay tribute to Aziz Memon in Hyderabad, Pakistan. In Pakistan, being a dissident or even raising a critical voice is dangerous business. Rights groups say that despite the election in 2018 of a civilian government, the army still rules from behind with an iron fist. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih)

In Pakistan, criticism grows dangerous as dissent stifled

Mar. 11, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Being a dissident — or even raising a critical voice — in Pakistan is growing more dangerous, regardless of whether the target is political parties, the judiciary or the powerful military and security agencies. Intimidation of dissidents has increased on multiple fronts,...

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2013, file photo, provided by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Carl Lackey, a long-time Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist, and a dog named ''Rooster'' chase after a California black bear after it was captured and re-released to the wild in the Carson Range southwest of Carson City, Nev. The Nevada Supreme Court says social media comments posted by bear protection activists at Lake Tahoe referring to the longtime state wildlife biologist as a murderer constitute

Nevada high court defends Tahoe bear activists' free speech

Mar. 8, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Social media comments about protecting bears that were posted by Lake Tahoe activists referring to a longtime wildlife biologist as a murderer constitute “good faith communications” protected as free speech, the Nevada Supreme Court says. The recent opinion doesn't end a...

President Donald Trump listens to a question as he talks to reporters during a signing of a spending bill to combat the coronavirus, at the White House, Friday, March 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump campaign files 3rd lawsuit against a news organization

Mar. 6, 2020 5:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump campaign filed a libel lawsuit against CNN on Friday for a column about the president and election help from Russia, the third such action against a news organization taken in the past two weeks. The campaign said a piece by Larry Noble posted last June on the CNN website falsely...

FILE - Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, journalists raise their hands in the White House press room during the daily briefing, in Washington. China is denouncing a move by the Trump administration to cap the number of journalists from five Chinese state-run media outlets in the United States as “based on the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice.

China denounces US cap on reporter numbers as prejudicial

Mar. 3, 2020 7:29 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday denounced a move by the Trump administration to reduce the number of Chinese state-run media journalists who can work in the United States by more than one-third as “based on the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice." The State Department announced Monday...

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, talks with other assembly members on the Assembly floor at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Gonzalez has proposed an amendment to Assembly Bill 5 — which requires many independent contractors to be re-classified as employees with benefits — that removes the submission cap but also mandates that freelancers cannot replace regular employees. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Proposal would end California cap on freelancer assignments

Feb. 27, 2020 8:55 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Bowing to intense criticism, the author of a sweeping new California labor law now wants to amend the statute to eliminate any cap on the number of assignments freelance journalists can take. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said she will seek to remove a 35-submission...