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The concept of freedom of the press is often covered by the natural right as freedom of speech. Spoken and published expressions are the same. For further explanation on freedom of speech, see FutureDanger’s exposition on the Indicator entitled “FREE SPEECH is ABRIDGED.”
Most of the humanity, for most of human history, has experienced political censorship. Sadly, in 2013, the U.S. Senate considered a bill that would define a "journalist" as an employee of a state-approved entity that disseminates information. The proposed law envisioned cases where a federal judge also would enjoy the prerogative to proclaim an individual a "journalist" who would be granted privileges under the law.
Major media outlets have no more and no fewer constitutional rights than individuals. Be vigilant for any attempt, by any level or branch of Government, to define who is and who is not the Press. If our constitution is violated like this, these elected tyrants will easily manipulate “journalists”.
The First Amendment is not giving anyone any rights. We have them naturally, before the establishment of Government. This is what modern autocrats fail to comprehend. Citizens are journalists as they choose, when they choose, and how they choose. The art and business of investigating and publishing is free to all. A direct attack on the Constitution is a direct attack on the American people.
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Indicator Historical Trend
Grade Date Headline Source
HIGH 06 Nov 2023 Illinois City Summons Reporter to Court after He Asked Too Many Questions [DNYUZ]
HIGH 18 Sep 2023 Hawaii Governor Sued for Suppressing Media Reporting on Wildfires [Reclaim The Net]
LOW 12 Aug 2023 Police Raid Kansas Newspaper, Seizing Computers, Records and Cellphones [KAKE]
MOD 01 Feb 2022 Miami Beach law allows arrests of people filming cops [Miami Herald]
MOD 27 Jan 2022 Palm Beach County Clerk Seeks to Punish Paper for Pursuing Epstein Records [Yahoo]
LOW 20 Sep 2021 Supreme Court to decide if public has right to know secret surveillance rulings issued by FISA Court [DNYUZ]
SEVERE 25 May 2021 New Federal Legislation Criminalizes Criticism of China, Especially over Covid-19 [Natural News]
LOW 22 Feb 2021 Report: Ag Barr Makes Durham 'Special Counsel' To Protect His Investigation of FBI Spying on Trump [CNSNews]
MOD 13 May 2019 San Fran Police & FBI Raid Home of Journalist for Not Revealing His Source [The Blaze]
LOW 04 Sep 2018 POTUS suggests TV network's broadcasting license should be challenged [The Hill]
MOD 15 Aug 2018 School Board wants Court to punish Paper for Publishing Confidential Info on Parkland School Shooting [Sun Sentiel]
MOD 10 Aug 2018 Judge bypasses First Amendment, conjures up a 'Right to Be Forgotten' [Techdirt]
MOD 31 Jul 2018 Judge Issues Temporary Order Suspending Website's 3d-Gun-Plans Downloads [ZeroHedge]
LOW 06 Jul 2018 Denver police handcuff reporter taking photos, says violating arrested homeless man’s HIPAA rights [Colorado Independent]
MOD 09 Apr 2018 CA Senator introduces bill to force Govt fact checking of online content [Gateway Pundit]
MOD 07 Apr 2018 Citizen journalist faces 30 days imprisonment for filming in Govt building [LA Times]
LOW 10 Mar 2018 Iowa town threatens resident with lawsuit for critical website [Des Moines Register]
LOW 09 Nov 2017 DoJ to Russia Today: Register as a foreign agent or face arrest [ZeroHedge]
MOD 19 Sep 2017 US Government is suing people for requesting public records [Daily Sheeple]
MOD 08 Sep 2017 FEC Dems renew bid to impose regulations on Internet political communications [Washington Examiner]
HIGH 28 Aug 2017 Cop caught on video holding man at gunpoint for filming on his own property [Daily Sheeple]
LOW 21 Jun 2017 County in Ohio to pay $15k after barring TV station from recording school board meeting [Daytondailynews]
LOW 01 Apr 2017 NC cop who lied to Uber driver about fake law on recording police gets demoted [CBS]
SEVERE 31 Mar 2017 California legislators attempt 'fake news' ban [Heatst]
SEVERE 29 Mar 2017 California charges two with 15 felonies for secretly filming Planned Parenthood [Hosted]
MOD 22 Mar 2017 Minority party on FEC again eyes internet news censorship [Washington Examiner]
LOW 20 Mar 2017 FBI investigating Breitbart & InfoWars in alleged Russian election cyber ops [McClatchy]
MOD 10 Mar 2017 Court quickly halts California from enforcing ban on reporting actors’ ages [Lexology]
MOD 10 Mar 2017 Lying cop orders Uber-driving lawyer to stop recording him due to fake State law [Washington Times]
MOD 03 Mar 2017 Judge orders California to halt fines on lawful, truthful pro-liberty blogger []
LOW 15 Feb 2017 Public Community College suspends student for filming teacher saying election was 'act of terrorism' [OC Regster]