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Future-Proofing Media Freedom Podcast
A new podcast collaboration between Chatham House, ICFJ and Luminate Group, hosted by Ben Horton and Julie Posetti.

U.S. Press Freedom Tracker
A nonpartisan website dedicated to documenting press freedom abuses in the U.S. The site collects data based on news reports and tips submitted by journalists, professional organizations and press freedom organizations. The coalition behind the tracker will use the research in letters, legal briefs and advocacy campaigns.

Society of Professional Journalists

RCFP First Amendment Guide

National Freedom of Information Coalition

Sunshine Week
Official site for the mid-March celebration. Resources galore.

The International Freedom of Expression eXchange
Monitors attacks on journalists around the world and laws pertaining to free expression.

Freedom Forum First Amendment Primers

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Latest news and resources on First Amendment issues.

Knight Foundation: Future of the First Amendment Protect Your Right to Know
Take a press freedom quiz and view resources from CPJ and RCFP.

Freedom Forum: Primers on First Amendment and Free Expression

First Amendment Center
The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, the right to assemble and to petition the government. The center, with offices at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

Timeline: The History of Free Speech
From the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Free Expression Legal NetworkA nationwide coalition of law school clinics, academics, and practitioners focused on “promoting and protecting free speech, free press, and the free flow of information to an informed and engaged citizenry. Our members work on media law, transparency, and/or access issues, either as their primary focus or as it intersects with their work on other issues.”

RCFP: Five Takeaways From Press Freedom Tracker Report

American Civil Liberties Union

Electronic Frontier Foundation Blue Ribbon Page
A super resource: newswire on free speech issues, radio, media resources and more.
First Amendment resources, videos, contests, scholarships, teaching resources and more.

Syracuse University: Citizen Journalism and Political Protests
As protests continue to be held, we are seeing more altercations between the public and police. This resource shares the role citizen journalists are playing in digital media, the rights of the press at protests, and ways for news organizations, reporters and citizen journalists can establish healthy relationships with law enforcement. Freedom of Speech Definition

State of the First Amendment Report 2017
Report from the First Amendment Center and the Newseum.

Newseum: First Amendment Report Card (2017-18)

Global Maps Show Press Freedoms by Country
From the Global Post, the maps and stories show you the best/worst countries to be a journalist.
A national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media through education, organizing and advocacy. Launched by media scholar Robert W. McChesney, journalist John Nichols and Josh Silver, Free Press is the largest media reform organization in the United States, with nearly half-a-million activists and members and a full-time staff in Washington, D.C., and Florence, Mass.

FIRE: Guide to Free Speech on Campus
Book/ebook from the Foundation of Individual Rights on Campus.

Global Internet Liberty Campaign (GLIC)

UC Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement Page
Documents the history of the free speech movvement, including videos and documentaries.

Electronic Privacy Information Center: Free Speech
Links to and summarizes dozens of court cases on the issue. Also see the Resources page.

Privacy and Whistleblowing Tools
A Pinterest page full of resources.

Online Censorship
Have you unjustly had content removed by a social media platform such as Flickr, YouTube, Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook? Report it on this site. Note: The name of the site is misleading. It’s not really censorship as it’s a website, not a government, doing the gatekeeping, but the site does have value.
Launched under the Obama Administration, this site offers FAQs, glossary and stats on FOIA requests.

First Amendment Center: Internet and First Amendment

International Freedom of Expression Exchange

iDig Answers
FOI resources galore.

The FOI Advocate

Legal Information Institute: First Amendment Overview

Free Speech Issues
Links to various legislation and research.

Findlaw: First Amendment and Annotations

Library of Congress/Bill of Rights

First Amendment Project
Sections for journalists, artists, etc.

The Federal Citizens’ Information Center: Privacy Resources

The International Freedom of Expression eXchange
Monitors attacks on journalists around the world and laws pertaining to free expression.

Future-Proofing Media Freedom Podcast
A new podcast collaboration between Chatham House, ICFJ and Luminate Group, hosted by Ben Horton and Julie Posetti.

Newseum Civil Rights Timeline
Sign up for a free account to use it.

Newseum: Women’s Suffrage Timeline
Sign up for a free account to use it.

The File Room
Archive of cases, censorship resources, etc.

Washington Post: Are Police Trying to Stop You from Taking That Cell Phone Video?

Florida First Amendment Foundation
A source for information, expertise, and assistance to the public and news media. It was founded as a non-profit organization in 1984 by The Florida Press Association, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, and the Florida Association of Broadcasters.

Freedom House: Pandemic Accelerates Decline in Digital Freedoms
Governments around the world are using the global pandemic as an opportunity to tighten their grip on information flow, accelerating a ten-year drop in internet freedom, according to a just-released report by the US-based Freedom House.

Free Expression Network Clearinghouse

Ferguson, Missouri, Protests and Press Rights

Find more resources on free expression on the Covering Protests page.

Resources for those reporting on the attacks on journalists and citizens in Ferguson, Missouri, August 2014.

The Verge: You Have a Right to Record the Police

Washington Post: Reporters Detained by Police
Story and video.

RTDNA’s Letter to Ferguson Police Chief

SPJ’s statement on Ferguson

NY Times: Ferguson Reveals a Twitter Loop

Research on Police Brutality
From Harvard’s Journalist’s Resource site.

Gigaom: Flexing First Amendment Rights Can Reveal New Threats to Those Rights

RCFP/ONA Help Kit for Ferguson Journalists
Resources, list of attorneys, etc.

The Local News Lab: Citizen Journalism and Ferguson
A great read on the role citizen journalists played in coverage. Many links to coverage and other stories/analysis.

Dart Center: Working with Traumatic Imagery

ACLU: Journalism is Under Attack and it’s Not Just Ferguson

Source: What Data Journalism Told Us About Ferguson
Great examples.

What Data Told Us About Ferguson
Infographic from Simon Rogers.

Committee to Protect Journalists: Covering Civil Matters and Disturbances
Part of CPJ’s journalist security guide.

Medium: Dressed for Excess: Gear for Covering Riots, Protests, Etc.


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