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”
Sept. 25, 2020 – Press freedom advocates won two victories this week in battles they shouldn’t have had to fight. Continue reading “Press freedom advocates win two battles – battles they shouldn’t have had to fight”
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”
July 27, 2020 – The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild disagrees “in the strongest possible terms” with a court ruling issued Thursday that the union says will undermine the credibility of Seattle journalists and put them in danger. Continue reading “‘We disagree in the strongest possible terms’”
Suit accuses officials of deliberately targeting journalists in violation of First Amendment
Updated June 10, 2020, 11 a.m. – Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright issued an order last night denying the motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and for class certification. We are still digesting the ruling, but it is clearly a disappointment. The Court did not consider the amended complaint in making its decision. Fortunately, both motions were denied without prejudice. “We will continue the fight,” said NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss.
June 9, 2020 – The Communications Workers of America and The NewsGuild-CWA joined a class-action lawsuit on Monday against Minneapolis and Minnesota law enforcement agencies, accusing them of deliberately targeting, assaulting, and arresting journalists as they covered protests following the police killing of George Floyd. The lawsuit, initiated by the ACLU-MN, was filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on June 3. Continue reading “CWA, NewsGuild join ACLU class-action complaint against Minneapolis, Minnesota law enforcement agencies”
June 3, 2020 – The NewsGuild-CWA joined more than 100 news organizations on June 2 to call on Minnesota officials to “end the series of police arrests and attacks on credentialed and clearly identifiable journalists.”
“Police have arrested, detained, and threatened journalists, and have physically assaulted them with rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, batons, and fists. In every case that we are aware of, there are strong indications that officers knew the journalist was a member of the press,” the organizations wrote, in a letter initiated by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Continue reading “NewsGuild joins call to MN officials: End arrests, attacks 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.
By Lena Williams
Nov. 18, 2019 – At the beginning of November, four different news organizations released public opinion polls on consecutive days. Continue reading “The Press and the Problem with Public Opinion Polls”
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”
Updated Aug. 9, 2018 – The Second Circuit denied a pending petition for rehearing filed by Ghislaine Maxwell in the case of Giuffre v. Maxwell. Immediately after entering the order, the Court began unsealing the material. Continue reading “Press freedom advocates win victory in case arising from Epstein sexual abuse charges”