Boston College Subpoena News - The Belfast Project was an oral history of Irish Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries gathered between 2001-2006 and archived in the Burns Library at Boston College. In 2010, the first interviews from the archive were published in the book Voices from the Grave, and featured in the documentary of the same name. These interviews, with former IRA leader Brendan Hughes and former UVF member David Ervine, were made public upon the death of the interviewees as per their agreement with Boston College. In March, 2011, the British Government contacted the US Department of Justice to initiate proceedings which led to the issuing of a sealed subpoena for all materials relating to two interviews in the archive, those of Brendan Hughes and former IRA member Dolours Price. Dolours Price's interviews are still embargoed under the terms of agreement she has with the Burns Library. On 07 Jul 2012, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling ordering Boston College to turn over confidential materials from its Belfast Oral History Project on Northern Ireland, dealing a blow to researchers' efforts to honor their agreement of secrecy with former IRA members. This site provides updates to this ongoing subpoena threat.
Brennan Center for Justice: Liberty and National Security - Focuses on restoring the proper flow of information between the government and the people by securing increased public access to government information; ensuring government policies targeting terrorist do so effectively and without religious or ethnic profiling; and securing appropriate for government oversight and accountability.
Burma Media Association - An independent organization established by overseas Burmese journalists, reporters and writers who practice and advocate freedom of expression in Burma.
Cartoonists Rights Network (CRN) - CRN protects and supports editorial and social cartoonists at risk, educates the public about editorial cartoonist's contributions to the democratic process and to trains cartoonists in free speech and human rights issues including local and international free speech laws and domestic protections.
Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) - Committed to preserving the openness and diversity of the Internet in the broadband era, and to realizing the full potential of digital communications through the development and encouragement of noncommercial, public interest programming.
Center for Public Integrity - The mission of the Center for Public Integrity and its iWatch News is to produce original investigative journalism about significant public issues to make institutional power more transparent and accountable.
Chilling Effects - Aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. A joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and University of Maine law school clinics.
Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) - The CJR is published six times a year by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Also see Resources, CJR's online guide to what major media companies own, magazines and their websites, and study guides.
Defence Advisory (DA) Notice - An official request to news editors not to publish or broadcast items on specified subjects for reasons of national security. The system is still in use in the United Kingdom. See Wikipedia for more backgound information.
Defective by Design - Works to reclaim rights trampled by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and related technology control schemes.
Digital Freedom Network (DFN) - DFN provides technical assistance to activists by developing Net-based campaigns free of charge and creating technology tutorials. It also publishes original news articles about human rights issues as well as articles provided by other organizations.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - Organization working to protect our fundamental rights regardless of technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties.
Ellen K. Solender Institute in Free Speech and Mass Media Law - International resource center, providing materials to researchers from courts, legislatures, bureaucracies, the legal profession, legal education, mass media, and telecommunications services. It is conveniently located in mid-America and its focus is on media law and issues affecting the free flow of information with some emphasis on problems caused by the differences in the law of various democracies as well as those experienced with emerging democracies.
English Pen - Campaigns to defend writers and readers in the UK and around the world whose human right to freedom of expression is at risk.
European Institute for the Media - A think tank for research and strategy concerning developments in European media and communications, based in Dusseldorf and Paris. The EIM's main areas of research are the impact of convergence on the media, cross-border developments in the media and their role in the process of European integration; the public interest aspects of (new) media developments and the growth of the Information Society.
Fairness Doctrine - The Fairness Doctrine was an Federal Communication Commission policy that was in place from 1949 to 1987 that required broadcast companies to do two things. First, they had to devote adequate time to controversial public issues and give fair coverage to opposing views on those topics. Second, those broadcasters had to allow reply time for citizens to react to those issues.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - Regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC website resources include Public Notices, News Releases, Orders, Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, FactSheets, databases, and audio recordings.
File Room Censorship Archive - The File Room was produced by a small number of artists, art students, and arts administrators working under extreme financial and temporal limitations to collect initial case studies for an interactive database. Rather than being presented as a finished work, is being made publicly available at the point of its initiation. It is an open system that becomes activated, 'filed' and developed through the public process of its own existence.
First Amendment Center - Comprehensive research coverage of key First Amendment issues and topics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
First Amendment Coalition - A public benefit nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and defending the people's right to know. Focuses on assisting people having difficulty participating in their government.
First Amendment Foundation - Florida organization providing information, expertise, and assistance to the public and news media to ensure that public commitment and progress in the areas of free speech, free press, and open government do not become checked and diluted.
First Amendment Project (FAP) - A nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition. For nearly ten years, FAP has provided advice, educational materials, and legal representation to its core constituency of activists, journalists, and artists in service of these fundamental liberties. Also see FAP's FOIA Resource Center.
FOIAdvocates - Freedom of information requests, acts, litigation, state and local public records laws. FOIAdvocates can assist you in making requests to obtain government records and provide legal assistance in pursuing administrative appeals and related litigation. A project of Bahr & Stotter Law Offices, P.C.
Free Expression Network Clearinghouse (FEN) - An alliance of organizations dedicated to protecting the First Amendment right of free expression and the values it represents, and to opposing governmental efforts to suppress constitutionally protected speech.
Freemuse - Advocate for free expression in music, opposing censrship from the apparantly benign to the overtly extreme.
Free Press - Founded by author and professor Robert McChesney, Free Press is a national non-profit media reform organization working to reassert anti-trust protections to limit media consolidation; expand and insulate funding for public broadcasting; reduce advertising and marketing to children on television and the internet; create public subsidies and otherwise encourage non-commercial media; secure free airtime for political candidates; develop government incentives aimed at encouraging and protecting minority ownership of broadcast and cable outlets; establish copyright laws that protect the public domain as well as media corporations; and promote newspaper and magazine competition through the use of tax deductions or subsidies.
Free Speech Internet Television - Working with activists and artists, Free Speech TV uses television to cultivate an informed and active citizenry in order to advance progressive social change. FSTV airs primarily social, political, cultural, and environmental documentaries acquired from independent producers, although it is beginning to produce and commission some original content.
Freedom Archives - Contains over 5000 hours of audiotapes. These recordings date from the late-60s to the mid-90s and chronicle the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international solidarity movements. The collection includes weekly news/poetry/music programs broadcast on several educational radio stations; in-depth interviews and reports on social and cultural issues; diverse activist voices; original and recorded music, poetry, original sound collages; and an extensive La Raza collection.
Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GILC) - Advocates prohibiting prior censorship of on-line communication, requiring that laws restricting the content of on-line speech distinguish between the liability of content providers and the liability of data carriers, Allowing on line users to encrypt their communications and information without restriction. Members of the coalition include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Human Rights Watch, the Internet Society, Privacy International, the Association des Utilisateurs d'Internet, and other civil liberties and human rights organizations.
Global Voices Advocacy - A project of Global Voices Online. Works to build a global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists throughout the developing world that is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online.
Google Watch - A look at how Google's monopoly, algorithms, and privacy policies may be undermining the Web.
Grade the News - Evaluating print and broadcast news media in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Hoot, The - Watching media in India and on the subcontinent.
IFEX - Advocates for the free expression rights of all, including media workers, citizen journalists, activists, artists, scholars.
Index on Censorship - Bi-monthly magazine for free speech. In addition to the analysis, reportage and interviews, each Index contains a country by country list of free speech violations.
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) - Serving as a consortium for an abundance of diverse expertise, the Institute makes frequent communication possible between hundreds of independent researchers and journalists across the United States. In the process, the Institute is helping to widen the bounds of media discussion.
Intellectual Freedom Round Table - Provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom.
International Day to End Impunity - Launched on 23 November 2011, marks the anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre in the Philippines, when 32 journalists and media workers were murdered. The goal of the Day is to achieve justice for those persecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression by drawing global attention to the issue of impunity. The Day not only raises public awareness about what creates and sustains a culture of impunity, it also prompts concerned citizens world-wide to take action, make their voices heard and demand justice.
International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) - At its core, IFEX is made up of organizations whose members refuse to turn away when those who have the courage to insist upon their fundamental human right to free expression are censored, brutalized or killed. This site includes IFEX's weekly webzine with the latest news from around the world on freedom of expression victories and violations.
International P.E.N. - Worldwide association of writers existing to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere, regardless of their political or other views, to fight for freedom of expression and to defend writers suffering from oppressive regimes.
International Press Institute (IPI) - Global network of journalists, editors and media executives, dedicated to freedom of the press and improving the standards and practices of journalism.
Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) - An international, independent organization that empowers the public, especially parents, to make informed decisions about electronic media by means of the open and objective labelling of content.
James Madison Center for Free Speech - Founded to protect the First Amendment right of all citizens to free political expression in the U.S. It supports litigation and public education activities to that end.
Jefferson Muzzles, The - Since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has celebrated the birth and ideals of its namesake by calling attention to those who in the past year forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson's admonition that freedom of speech "cannot be limited without being lost." Announced on April 13 - the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson - the Jefferson Muzzles are awarded to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press.
LAMPlatoon - If you're tired of ads that deceive, objectify women and men, trade on ethnic stereotypes or simply don't make sense, LAMPlatoon is your chance to fight back. Join the critical mass when you break down a commercial to expose the techniques and strategies used in media messages we see every day. LAMPlatoon is an initiative by The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project) encouraging people to think critically about media they see every day.
Local TV News Media Project - Local television news remains the most prominent news source for citizens regarding their communities. With that in mind, the Local TV News Media Project at the University of Delaware has been examining local TV news broadcasts since 1990. As part of the Graduate School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy, the project is concerned with local television news content and its impact on the public's perception of their world.
Media Access Project - Policy advocacy at the FCC and the courts, advocacy in the media and other public forums, and day-to-day counseling of civic organizations and individuals.
Media Coalition - An association that defends the First Amendment right to produce and sell books, magazines, recordings, videotapes and videogames; and defends the American public's First Amendment right to have access to the broadest possible range of opinion and entertainment.
Media Education Foundation - Produces and distributes video documentaries to encourage critical thinking and debate about the relationship between media ownership, commercial media content, and the democratic demand for free flows of information, diverse representations of ideas and people, and informed citizen participation. Also see Materials and Resources.
Media Guide - Extensive links to national and local media.
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) - A non-governmental organisation with members in 11 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. MISA focuses primarily on the need to promote free, independent and pluralistic media.
Media Lens - Describing how mainstream newspapers and broadcasters operate as a propaganda system for the elite interests that dominate modern society.
Media Matters for America - Research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
Media Monopoly - From the book by Ben H. Bagdikian, published by Beacon Press, 1997.
Media Tenor, Ltd. - A leading provider of international media content analysis providing a provide a wide range of products and services for academic, corporate and political clients. Media Tenor also publishes both national and international editions of Media Monitor Magazine.
Media Transparency - Investigates conservative foundation support for ideologically-based scholarly, university programs, and think tanks. Provides news, opinion, analysis and investigative data related to links between conservative think-tanks, funding sources and influence in the media.
Media Watch - Media literacy through education and action - challenging racism, sexism and violence in the media.
MediaMatters - Progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
MediaWire - Stories about the media and its practitioners.
National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) - An alliance of 50 national non-profit organizations, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups. United by a conviction that freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression must be defended, we work to educate our own members and the public at large about the dangers of censorship and how to oppose them.
National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) - The National FOI Coalition joins First Amendment and open government organizations from individual states in a self-supporting alliance as they seek to protect the public's right to know through the education of media professionals, attorneys, academics, students and the general public. NFOIC nurtures start-up FOI organizations in other states.
New York Times: Corrections - Archive of corrections made by to its articles, compiled by the NYT. The Times also welcomes comments and suggestions, or complaints about errors that warrant correction. Messages on news coverage can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or left toll-free at 1-888-NYT-NEWS (1-888-698-6397). Comments on editorials may be e-mailed to email@example.com or faxed to (212) 556-3622. Readers dissatisfied with a response or concerned about the paper's journalistic integrity may reach the public editor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 556-7652.
News Unspun - Examines the political role of the media; creates an environment of discussion and debate to challenge the ideological premises behind the news media.
NewsHour: Media Watch - Produced by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) NewsHour. Reports on and analyzes news, trends, issues and controversies involving the information industries.
Nieman Reports Magazine - Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard produces this quarterly publication to help you stay on top of debates affecting the news industry.
Nieman Watchdog - The premise of watchdog journalism is that the press is a surrogate for the public, asking probing, penetrating questions at every level, from the town council to the state house to the White House, as well as in corporate and professional offices, in union halls, on university campuses and in religious organizations that seek to influence governmental actions. The goal of watchdog journalism is to see that people in power provide information the public should have. The Nieman Watchdog Journalism Project grows from this premise and this goal: to help the press ask penetrating questions, critical questions, questions that matter, questions not yet asked about today's news.
OffGuardian - Watching the The Guardian (UK), as well as other media analysis and news.
Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR-OAS) - The Commission has addressed issues pertaining to freedom of expression through its system of individual petitions, ruling on cases of censorship, crimes against journalists and other direct or indirect restrictions on freedom of expression. It has spoken out about threats against journalists and restrictions placed on the media in its special reports, such as the Report on Contempt (Desacato) Laws. The Commission has also studied the status of freedom of expression and information through on-site visits and in its general reports.
PEN Oakland - PEN Oakland, the brainchild of writer and activist Ishmael Reed, promotes works of excellence by writers of all cultural and racial backgrounds and to educate both the public and the media as to the nature of multi-cultural work. See PEN Oakland Award Winners.
Photography Is Not a Crime (PINAC) - Launched in 2007 after Miami multimedia journalist Carlos Miller was arrested for taking photos of five Miami police officers while working on an article for a local news site. Provides ongoing coverage of the harassment of photographers.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette First Amendment Site - What does it mean to have an "open government?" How can you use public records? Why is it important that meetings of public officials remain open to the public? The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, with the help of the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, hopes that these Web pages will help answer those questions.
Reclaim the Media - A coalition of independent journalists, media activists and community organizers in the Pacific Northwest, promoting press freedom and community media access as prerequisites for a functioning democracy.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) - A major national and international resource in free speech issues, disseminating information in many forms, including a quarterly legal review, a bi-weekly newsletter, a 24-hour hotline, and various handbooks on media law issues.
Student Press Law Center (SPLC) - Legal assistance agency devoted exclusively to educating high school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First Amendment and supporting the student news media in their struggle to cover important issues free from censorship.
Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression - Devoted to the defense of free expression in all its forms. While its charge is sharply focused, the Center's mission is broad. It is as concerned with the musician as with the mass media, with the painter as with the publisher, and as much with the sculptor as the editor.
U.S. Press Freedom Ttracker - Journalists in the United States face hostility from local and federal governments, along with a number of legal threats to themselves and their sources. This website aims to be the first to provide reliable, easy-to-access information on the number of press freedom violations in the United States, from journalists facing charges to reporters stopped at the U.S. border or asked to hand over their electronics.
Uncut - Monitoring free speech, tracking changes in media law, cultural censorship and local press freedom stories in various countries.
We Fight Censorship (WeFC) - Reporters Without Borders took the initiative of creating this website because it wants to make censorship obsolete, to show that depriving content creators of their freedom, seizing copies of a newspaper or blocking access to a website containing a video will not prevent the content from being seen throughout the world - quite the contrary. The WeFC website is used to publish content that has been censored or banned or has led to reprisals against its creator (murder, arrest, harassment, pressure and so on). The site hosts content (articles, photos, videos and sound files) in their original language (including Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Spanish) and in translation (above all in French and English).
World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC) - A watchdog for free news media at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations, OSCE, Council of Europe, European Union, and at human rights and other international meetings considering free-press issues.
World Press Freedom Day (UN) - By decision 48/432 of 20 December 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 May as World Press Freedom Day. Since then, it has been celebrated each year on 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek. The document calls for free, independent, pluralistic media worldwide characterizing free press as essential to democracy and a fundamental human right.
World Press Freedom Day (at WAN) - World Press Freedom Day exists to recognise the sacrifices made in the struggle for freedom of the press and to put pressure on governments that continue to deny their citizens this basic human right. The 3 May message is that journalists everywhere must be granted the right to report freely and without fear.
Writers in Prison Committee - Works on behalf of persecuted writers worldwide. Established in 1960 in response to increasing attempts to silence voices of dissent by imprisoning writers, the Writers in Prison Committee currently monitors the cases of almost 900 writers annually, including writers imprisoned, tortured, threatened, attacked, disappeared and killed for the peaceful practice of their profession, and lobbies on their behalf.
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