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St. Louis County settles with 4 journalists arrested in Ferguson

Correction: An earlier headline said St. Louis City and county settled. The settlement is with St. Louis County. We apologize for our error. St. Louis County's police department has settled a lawsuit from four journalists who were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, according to a press release from the law firm Squire Patton Boggs. Ryan Devereaux, Lukas Hermsmeier, Ansgar … Read More
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How the Secret Service is trying to handcuff the press

"The media [pushback] has begun after the Secret Service was given the power to run background checks on thousands of journalists who want to attend this summer’s Republican and Democratic Party nominating conventions."

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Running into a brick wall with your FOIA request? Take it public

When I’m having trouble getting public records from a government agency, I’ll often turn to my colleagues for advice or just to vent. But sometimes, you need to take your struggle public. That’s what New York City reporter Joaquin Sapien did last month. After spending nearly a year trying to get records from the city and exchanging more than 50 … Read More
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Intimidating legal tactics against WSJ scribe

John Carreyrou, an investigative reporter with the Wall Street Journal, faced legal threats in the runup to his expose on Silicon Valley darling Theranos.

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Hulk Hogan sues Gawker Media...again

On the heels of winning a major a judgment against the digital media company, retired professional wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker Media on suspicion of leaking sensitive information to the National Enquirer.

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Turkey arrests and releases Dutch journalist

Ebru Umar, who wrote a column critical of a Turkish official in the newspaper Metro, was detained and subsequently released. "The hashtag #freeebru was trending in the Netherlands on Sunday, with Dutch politicians and commentators calling for her release."

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Family of journalist slain by Islamic State sues Syria

"The family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff is suing Syria in U.S. court, claiming the government of President Bashar Assad provided support to Islamic State militants who carried out the gruesome beheading."

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Here's why you can't successfully FOIA President Obama's 'Game of Thrones' screener

Do you remember your first Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request? Vanessa Golembewski, a features writer at the entertainment and lifestyle website Refinery29, has a memorable one. She recently asked the federal government to give her unreleased episodes of "Game of Thrones" after learning that the TV show had given advanced copies to President Barack Obama. “President Obama is … Read More
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Can reporters FOIA President Obama's 'Game of Thrones' screeners?

We're about to find out. "I decided this was a perfect opportunity to test the limits of the Freedom Of Information Act. If the president — and by extension, our government — is in possession of a file, surely that file is subject to my request to see it as a U.S. citizen."

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Sumner Redstone won't have to testify

Aging Viacom boss Sumner Redstone doesn't have to take the stand in a case aimed at determining his mental fitness. "Whether or not Mr. Redstone, 92, is competent is the subject of a lawsuit filed in November by Manuela Herzer, his former companion and onetime romantic partner, who challenged his mental capacity. A trial is scheduled for May 6."

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Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years for computer hacking

Matthew Keys, a former journalist for Reuters, was sentenced to 24 months for providing login credentials for Tribune Media to members of the hacking organization Anonymous. Keys plans to appeal. "In a Medium blog post this morning, Keys wrote of the impending hearing calling the charges against him 'baseless, absurd and entirely wrong.'"

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Feds investigate Wall Street Journal Report

The Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are investigating the source of a leak to The Wall Street Journal that revealed regulators were preparing to give some U.S. banks unfavorable reviews. Gerard Baker, The Wall Street Journal's editor in chief, isn't happy.

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BuzzFeed wants 'bullshit news' lawsuit thrown out

The web giant has requested that a lawsuit brought by British journalist Michael Leidig for defamation of character be tossed out on the grounds that its story impugning Leidig is true.

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