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FOIA Machine is joining MuckRock

MuckRock, the nonprofit dedicated to transparency and open government, announced Tuesday that it's adding FOIA Machine to its organization. MuckRock, which helps reporters file freedom of information requests and other services for a fee, will maintain a FOIA Machine site separately and keep it free. "The folks working on FOIA tools is a very small world, so the MuckRock and … Read More
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Why Gawker settled the Hulk Hogan dispute

In the end, proudly iconoclastic Gawker Media and founder Nick Denton raised a white flag. A new media renegade behaved very much its traditional forebears when it announced plans to scrap a long and costly appeal of Hulk Hogan's $140 million victory in the dispute over its publishing an excerpt of a sex tape. Denton formally disclosed an … Read More
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After being stonewalled for years, Carol Rosenberg is suing the government — again

Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg just wants some basic facts. What she's after used to be freely available but is now kept secret by the Pentagon. It involves hundreds of millions of dollars, thousands of people and 60 prisoners. She's been chasing the information for more than two years. And now, she's going to court to get it. On Wednesday, … Read More
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How Rolling Stone might win its high-stakes libel case

Lawyers for Rolling Stone are surely playing a form of courtroom chess as the magazine defends itself in a Virginia court over its notorious University of Virginia gang rape story. In sum, they'd be smart to be thinking several moves ahead, contemplating the possibility of losing the high-stakes defamation trial, and perhaps having a possibly stronger chance of victory on … Read More
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The New York Times legal department is still waiting for a reply from Donald Trump

At The New York Times, reporters aren't the only ones who can write fast. David McCraw, an attorney for the newspaper, drew praise on social media last week after his legal rebuttal to Donald Trump's retraction request went viral. Among other things, the letter suggested Trump would not win a libel case against the The New York Times for … Read More
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Why Trump wouldn't win a libel suit against The New York Times

It would give new meaning to "trumped up" lawsuit. Donald Trump is threatening a lawsuit against The New York Times after it detailed allegations of sexual harassment by two women. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's White House chances might be greater than Trump's prospects for courtroom success against the newspaper. His lawyer wrote the newspaper and said the story is … Read More
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Donald Trump threatens to sue The New York Times over sexual harassment story

Lawyers representing Donald Trump are issuing a full-throated denial and threatening to sue after a New York Times report detailed allegations of sexual harassment by the Republican nominee for president. On Wednesday, the Trump campaign published a letter to New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet from the law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman saying the Times article … Read More
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How to protect yourself from legal risks while reporting

Documents add detail and confirm newsworthy information in your reporting process. These records might include anything from a photograph to a computer hard drive to internal documents belonging to a company or government entity. When you come into possession of such items, you should know what legal issues you could face if you access, retain or use those materials. Here … Read More
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FOIA Wiki launches in beta

A new tool launched on Monday seeks to work as both a resource and a collaborative space for people using the Freedom of Information Act. FOIA Wiki, from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, includes details on FOIA exemptions and fees, contact information for federal agencies and an open forum for questions. There's also a page … Read More
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Letter to the editor: We're making progress on press freedom litigation

A recently published article asks whether the news media is keeping up with challenges surrounding freedom of information in the digital age. While there is no doubt that journalists and news organizations are facing a variety of challenges when it comes to access to government information, a number of organizations are working to address those challenges — and delivering … Read More
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Trump threatens to sue New York Times

"My lawyers want to sue the failing @nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting."

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In an era of sweeping change, how can freedom of information keep up?

Fifty years ago, the American Society of News Editors led the push for passage of the federal Freedom of Information Act that, along with the state and local laws it spawned, set open government standards across the U.S. This week, the nation’s editors and managing editors meet in a joint convention in Philadelphia, facing a new era for speech and … Read More
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Trump threatens additional lawsuits in Post interview

"Now, libel suits are very hard and I may look at that frankly if I get elected because it’s very unfair that somebody could write whatever they want to write and get away with it. And I will be bringing more libel suits as people — maybe against you folks."

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9 guidelines to access public and private property

While the First Amendment protects your right to engage in speech, it does not grant you complete access to the property of others. Here are some guidelines to protect yourself from legal risks. Get consent. If you have any doubts about your right to enter property, get consent to enter first. Don’t assume permission. Make sure your use of the … Read More
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