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    Report: Access to government information will probably worsen in the Trump administration

    Journalists will probably have to fight harder than ever for access to government information under the Trump administration, according to a new survey of 336 freedom of information experts published Monday.

    Nine out of 10 experts surveyed predicted that access to government information will get worse over the next four to eight years, according to the report, which was produced by David Cuillier of the University of Arizona for the Knight Foundation.

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    Donald Trump, at Conservative conference, launches anti-media tirade

    Donald Trump delivered a vehement and sometimes contradictory screed against the press during his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, calling media reports "fake news" while expressing his support for the First Amendment.

    During the speech, which came on the penultimate day of the CPAC conference, Trump was especially critical of news organizations that use anonymous sources, saying that reporters "shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name."

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    Melania Trump settles libel suit against blogger for 'substantial sum'

    Attorneys for Melania Trump say she has settled her lawsuit against Maryland blogger Webster Tarpley, who has issued an apology and agreed to pay the First Lady a "substantial sum."

    In August, Tarpley wrote that Trump suffered a "breakdown" after she was accused of plagiarizing portions of her convention speech from former First Lady Michelle Obama.

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    How far will President Trump's media blackout spread? The Sunlight Foundation is trying to find out

    As news began to spread this week that some federal agencies were limiting or shutting down the flow of information to the public, Alex Howard grew increasingly concerned.

    As deputy director of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for open government, he wondered if these were isolated incidents or a government-wide directive from the new administration under President Donald Trump.

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    Here are the journalists fighting for federal public records

    Media executives are fond of making big speeches about the importance of press freedom. But which organizations are actually spending time and money on it?

    A new, searchable list from The FOIA project, a initiative from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, provides a partial answer. Earlier this week, TRAC published The News Media List, a sortable readout of the news organizations and journalists that have filed lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act.

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    First Draft News releases guide to eyewitness media and copyright law

    First Draft News released a handbook Thursday with guidance for how journalists should deal with images, videos and information captured by people who witness news.

    “A Journalist’s Guide to Copyright Law and Eyewitness Media,” by Sam Dubberley, includes country-specific advice for journalists in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Austrlia and Finland. It also looks at some common misconceptions.

    Here are a few of them:

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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.

 
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