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The Defense Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers

The Handbook was conceived by Prisca Orsonneau, coordinator of the Legal Committee of Reporters Without Borders, Advocate and member of the Paris Bar. The project was managed by Prisca, and by Paul Coppin, Head of the Legal Desk of Reporters Without Borders.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation and Reporters Without Borders are grateful to the international law firm Paul Hastings LLP and the 70 lawyers from its various offices who researched and drafted this Handbook on a pro bono basis. Pierre Kirch, a litigation partner in the Paris and Brussels offices, headed the Paul Hastings team. Pierre benefited from advice and assistance – as the project began and then developed over a fifteen-month period – from
the firm’s Global Pro Bono management team in Los Angeles: Jamie Broder and Tollie Besson (Partners) and Bronwen Young.

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Preserving the free press in an era of bullying autocrats and fake news

Indian journalists work in an ‘atmosphere of intimidation’

New Delhi citizens protest the killing of publisher and journalist Gauri Lankesh
New Delhi citizens protest the killing of publisher and journalist Gauri Lankesh

(Deutsche Welle) – The atmosphere for journalists in India is getting bleaker after the recent killing of publisher Gauri Lankesh. Journalist Monobina Gupta hopes that the killing will unite her profession to fight hate and intimidation.

Germany’s Deutsche Welle English Language Service interviewed Monobina Gupta, the managing editor of thewire.in,  after the murder of the Indian publisher and editor.

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First Amendment Under Increasing Attack, Say Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

US Press Freedom Under Attack
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has come under increasing attack under President Trump, who declared the news media an “enemy”. But his immediate predecessors’ record on press freedom is also spotty, at best.

US press freedom, enshrined in the First Amendment to the 1787 constitution, has encountered several major obstacles over the past few years, most recently with the election of President Donald Trump, reports the worldwide journalist organization Reporters Without Borders.

“He has declared the press an “enemy of the American people” in a series of verbal attacks toward journalists, while attempting to block White House access to multiple media outlets in retaliation for critical reporting.

“Despite the bleak outlook under Trump, it bears repeating that his predecessor left behind a flimsy legacy for press freedom and access to information. Journalists continue to be arrested for covering various protests around the country, with several currently facing criminal charges.

“The Obama administration waged a war on whistleblowers who leaked information about its activities, leading to the prosecution of more leakers than any previous administration combined.

“To this day, American journalists are still not protected by a federal “shield law” guaranteeing their right to protect their sources and other confidential work-related information. And over the past few years, there has been an increase in prolonged searches of journalists and their devices at the US border, with some foreign journalists being prevented from any travel to the US after they covered sensitive topics such as Colombia’s FARC or Kurdistan.”


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UN human rights chief: Donald Trump’s media attacks may be incitement

New York (DW) – The UN’s Human Rights High Comissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says US President Donald Trump may be inciting violence against journalists. He added that the freedom of the press was ‘under attack’ from Trump. Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the United Nations’s top human rights official, said US President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on news …

The Defense Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers

The Handbook was conceived by Prisca Orsonneau, coordinator of the Legal Committee of Reporters Without Borders, Advocate and member of the Paris Bar. The project was managed by Prisca, and by Paul Coppin, Head of the Legal Desk of Reporters Without Borders. The Thomson Reuters Foundation and Reporters Without Borders are grateful to the international law firm Paul …

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