NewsGuild-CWA denounces DHS restrictions on foreign press visas

Oct. 27, 2020 – The NewsGuild-CWA, representing nearly 24,000 media professionals and journalists, stands with our colleagues at news organizations and journalism advocacy groups across the world in opposition to the proposal by the United States’ Department of Homeland Security to limit the duration of “I Visas” to 240 days.  Continue reading “NewsGuild-CWA denounces DHS restrictions on foreign press visas”

NewsGuild joins call: Drop charges against KPCC reporter

Updated Sept. 18, 2020 to include the sheriff’s response.

Sept. 17, 2020 – The NewsGuild-CWA joined more than 60 press freedom and journalism organizations Wednesday calling on Los Angeles law enforcement officers to drop charges against reporter Josie Huang, who was violently arrested and charged with obstruction while reporting on Sept. 12. Continue reading “NewsGuild joins call: Drop charges against KPCC reporter”

‘No place in our democracy.’ NewsGuild condemns arrests, assaults on journalists.

June 1, 2020 – More than 100 journalists were arrested and assaulted by law enforcement over the weekend while covering unrest across the country, according to the Harvard’s Nieman Lab. Among them were a Los Angeles Times reporter who was tear gassed at point-blank range, a freelance reporter who was permanently blinded in her left eye after being struck with rubber bullets, and a photojournalist for WCCO TV, who was struck with a rubber bullet and taken into custody by Minnesota State Patrol. And millions watched CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his crew get arrested on live television.

“I was disturbed to see blatant attacks on our press freedom over the weekend. From Fox News to MSNBC, from Minneapolis to Louisville, journalists were among those singled out for simply doing their job — covering protests following the death of George Floyd. Attacks against members of the press, violence against Black communities and brutality against peaceful protesters have no place in our democracy,” said NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss.

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NewsGuild joins groups denouncing restrictions on journalists covering impeachment

Jan. 17, 2020 – The NewsGuild-CWA has joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 56 other media organizations in denouncing restrictions on the press during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Continue reading “NewsGuild joins groups denouncing restrictions on journalists covering impeachment”

NewsGuild joins press freedom groups seeking attorneys’ fees in FOIL case

Nov. 15, 2019 – The NewsGuild-CWA has joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and a coalition of more than 20 media organizations supporting a New York newspaper’s fight for attorneys’ fees after a state agency failed to promptly release documents in response to a Freedom of Information Law request. Continue reading “NewsGuild joins press freedom groups seeking attorneys’ fees in FOIL case”

Guild joins groups opposing expansion of Intelligence Identities Act

Aug. 9, 2019 – The NewsGuild-CWA joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and three dozen other organizations in signing a letter to members of Congress urging them to oppose the dramatic expansion of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, one of the few laws that criminalizes the publication of truthful information about government activities. The bill expanding the law was recently rushed through Congress without meaningful debate, the letter said. Continue reading “Guild joins groups opposing expansion of Intelligence Identities Act”

Guild joins press freedom groups in FOIA brief

Aug. 7, 2019 – The NewsGuild-CWA joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and two dozen other organizations filing a “friend of the court” brief in the case of Amadis v. Department of State, a federal Freedom of Information Act case on appeal to the DC Circuit. The case presents the first opportunity for the DC Circuit to address FOIA’s new “foreseeable harm” standard, which was added as part of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. Continue reading “Guild joins press freedom groups in FOIA brief”

NewsGuild joins Reporters Committee and others to argue for revisions to EPA’s proposed FOIA policy

July 22, 2019 – The NewsGuild-CWA has joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of more than three dozen media organizations in opposing proposed changes to the EPA’s Freedom of Information Act regulations. In a July 9 letter, the coalition urged the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend implementation of the rule and to provide a public comment period of no fewer than 60 days. Continue reading “NewsGuild joins Reporters Committee and others to argue for revisions to EPA’s proposed FOIA policy”