After our reporting raised serious questions about an organization that has received aid from multiple governments, it took us to court.
Trevor TimmEveryone should read this important piece from @reveal. Powerful corporations and individuals using lawsuits to stifle or kill newsrooms is a real and growing danger to the survival of non-profit and independent media.
Newly declassified files reveal a secret court fight over the F.B.I.’s procedures for searching for Americans’ messages within a warrantless surveillance program’s repository.
Trevor TimmReally good @charlie_savage article with more info on the FISA court ruling declassified today.
Not only did the FBI engage in *tens of thousands* of illegal searches, but it resisted a legal mandate by Congress to document any queries for American data.
Some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s electronic surveillance activities violated the constitutional privacy rights of Americans swept up in a controversial foreign intelligence program, a secretive surveillance court has ruled.
Trevor TimmWow. The FISA Court secretly ruled last year that the FBI made *tens of thousands* of unconstitutional searches into Americans' private data, as part of its surveillance program that supposedly targets people overseas.
Yet lawmakers of both stripes demonize people who share information with the press
Trevor TimmI wrote for @genmag at @medium: The Trump whistleblower case shows why leaks are vital for democracy.
The whistleblower himself didn't leak classified info, but others did—pushing the story further every day until it became the biggest in the country.
GREENBELT — The American Civil Liberties Union and Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University today filed a lawsuit on behalf of five former public servants challenging the government’s “prepublication review” system, which prohibits...
Trevor Timm@petersterne@Snowden@ACLU@knightcolumbia “This far-reaching censorship system simply can’t be squared with the Constitution...this system sweeps too broadly, fails to limit the discretion of government censors, and suppresses political speech that is vital to informing public debate.”
The exposure of a highly placed Russian asset, which has ignited renewed debate over President Trump’s relationship with the intelligence agencies, has also highlighted the challenge of rescuing and resettling foreign spies in the U.S.
Trevor TimmLots of debate over media orgs exposing the CIA's alleged Russian informant, but does anyone think reporters at NBC or WaPo should go to jail for publishing it?
Because it's almost exactly the same scenario in a few of the charges against Julian Assange.
People have argued that repealing Section 230 would force tech companies to moderate their content faster. In reality, the exact opposite…
Trevor TimmI wrote about how everyone—reporters, pundits, Trump—is flagrantly misrepresenting Section 230. It's gone from "the most important law on the internet" to the most hated.
Repealing it would be short sighted and dangerous—even if you hate the tech giants.
The Bolsonaro administration and Justice Minister Sergio Moro have been barred from investigating The Intercept Brasil and journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Trevor TimmHUGE press freedom victory in Brazil: A Supreme Court judge ruled today the Bolsonaro admin must halt any and all investigations into @ggreenwald and @TheInterceptBr for their reporting immediately.
Democrats are helping the CIA expand secrecy laws — and potentially prosecute reporters
Trevor TimmWhy are some Democrats helping the Trump admin and the CIA radically expand a secrecy law that threatens press freedom?
Trevor Timm.@RepAdamSchiff has fashioned himself a #resistance hero and defender of press freedom. But he’s now helping the CIA radically expand its secrecy powers and making it easier for Trump to prosecute journalists.
The C.I.A. wants the law to protect the identities of more covert officers and informants, citing its defunct torture program and groups like WikiLeaks.
Trevor TimmThe CIA literally cites revelations about its *torture program* as a reason why it should be illegal to identify its officers in all occasions. They are essentially saying they should be able to use secrecy laws to hide law breaking.
Journalism schools have been slow to offer comprehensive security education to students. What's getting in the way?
Trevor TimmReally good piece by @mshelton asking why so many journalism schools still do not offer a comprehensive course on digital security for students, and what can be done about it.
(Step 1: Contact @FreedomofPress, and we can help).