Department of Justice


What the DOJ's new guidelines mean for journalists

The U.S. Department of Justice's new revised guidelines tightening government access to journalists' records officially take effect this week. Yet the protections are not absolute, leaving some important exceptions in the hands of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder to circumvent the safeguards, particularly when it comes to classified information deemed potentially harmful. The guidelines specifically aim to shield journalists from “certain law enforcement tools,” the department noted, including subpoenas, court orders and search warrants that “might unreasonably impair ordinary newsgathering activities." Read More

DOJ agreement should clear way for Gannett-Belo deal, companies say

Gannett | Department of Justice | The New York Times Gannett Co. and Belo Corp. announced Monday that they have reached an agreement with the Department of Justice that should clear the way for Gannett to purchase Belo as announced in June. The $1.5 billion sale and assumption of $715 million in Belo debt would expand Gannett's TV holdings from 23 to 43 stations, the media companies said last summer. The proposed agreement emerged at the same time as the filing of a civil antitrust lawsuit Monday in the District of Columbia's U.S. District Court to block Gannett's acquisition of Belo. The agreement -- which would resolve the concerns alleged in the lawsuit -- would require Gannett and third-party operator Sander Media LLC to divest themselves of Belo-owned KMOV-TV. Gannett already owns KSDK-TV in the St. Louis market. Read More

Abramson, Woodward & Brokaw speak out about DOJ media investigations

Face the Nation | Meet the Press In a "Face the Nation" interview about the Department of Justice investigating journalists, The New York Times' Jill Abramson said "the process of newsgathering is being criminalized." The First Amendment is first for a reason. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison thought it was crucial for our country to have a free and robust press to help keep the government accountable. And that's the job that Times reporters and other reporters here in Washington are trying so hard to do. Abramson said she's not sure people outside of Washington, D.C., are as concerned with the leak investigation as they are with other political issues, such as rising health care costs and the economy. But, she said, some important people have gotten involved: Read More
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