Access & Censorship

She broke the story of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. Now, she says she has to flee Russia.

Fifteen-thousand people got together in the main mosque of Chechnya and announced a jihad against the staff of Novaya Gazeta.

Not just me, but all the people working at the newspaper are now in danger, because this was a clear jihad message. We will persecute you for tarnishing the honor of the Chechen nation, this nasty thing that you said. There are gays among Chechen people? We will persecute you until the last person at Novaya Gazeta dies. It’s unbelievable. It reminds us of the situation with Charlie Hebdo.

You Won’t Find the Trump White House on Flickr

A week after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, the White House announced the appointment of Shealah Craighead as Souza’s successor. The Obama Flickr feed was promptly moved to a new location to make room for the Trump administration, but two months later, not a single image has been uploaded. Not even the cover image has been changed from the default.

Reading the Trump “First 50 Days” Photo Album

You would think that the gift of this photo album, commemorating Trump’s first fifty days in office and showcasing the work of the official White House photographer, would erase, or at least allay the concerns raised by The New Yorker article. If anything though, the album brings the issues of Trump’s guardedness, the quality and amount of White House visual disclosure, and even internal photographic access within the administration into greater relief

Telling the Stories of Egypt’s Endangered Journalists

I was on a bus heading back to New York when I got news from Egypt that my brother Abdullah had been released from solitary confinement. I was so overwhelmed with joy, all I could do was scream hysterically. Then I realized: Our friend and colleague Shawkan wasn’t so lucky. I grew quiet, as the thought of Shawkan still imprisoned left me wondering. When would Shawkan and his family have their moment of relief and happiness?

Barring Reporters From Briefings: Does It Cross a Legal Line?

“That was unconstitutional,” he said. “If you exclude reporters from briefings that they otherwise have a right to attend because you don’t like their reporting, then you have engaged in viewpoint discrimination.” Viewpoint discrimination by the government in a public forum is almost always unconstitutional.

Cambodian Government Cites Trump in Threatening Foreign News Outlets

The Facebook comments “show pretty clearly that as soon as there are perceptions that the United States has wavered on its commitment to press freedom, then countries with authoritarian tendencies are very quick to abandon any pretense of allowing the media to operate freely,” said Shawn W. Crispin, the Bangkok-based Southeast Asia representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonpartisan advocacy group based in New York

Donald Trump and the Theater of Access

Reporters had been following Trump all year. Early rallies had been covered as curiosities; later ones as political mass spectacles. But on the eve of the election, it was clear that a perilous dynamic had been ignored. “He never once failed to invite his crowds to heckle us,” he wrote. “He was placing us on display like captured animals. And it worked.”

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