Homeland Security Department sued for allegedly tracking and interrogating journalists


The Department of Homeland Security violated the First Amendment when it allegedly tracked and interrogated five journalists between 2018 and 2019, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit includes accounts by five freelance photojournalists, all of whom are US citizens and were stopped by Customs and Border Protection, an agency within DHS, while traveling to and from Mexico between November 2018 and January 2019.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/20/politics/homeland-security-journalists-aclu-lawsuit/index.html

Pentagon analyst is charged in leaks of classified reports

The New York Times

The Trump administration’s renewed pursuit of leakers has alarmed First Amendment advocates, who say the investigations can have a chilling effect on government employees who may choose to stay silent rather than alert journalists to wrongdoing.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/09/us/politics/kyle-frese-classified-leaks.html

Legal Issues U.S. invokes state secrets privilege to block American journalist’s challenge to alleged spot on drone ‘kill list’

The Washington Post

A U.S. judge Tuesday dismissed an American journalist’s lawsuit challenging his alleged placement on a “kill list” by U.S. authorities in Syria, after the Trump administration invoked the “state secrets” privilege to withhold sensitive national security information.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/us-invokes-state-secrets-privilege-to-block-american-journalists-challenge-to-alleged-spot-on-drone-kill-list/2019/09/24/15580b88-dee9-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html