The Trump administration is muzzling government scientists. It’s essential to let them speak candidly to the press again.

The Washington Post

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia., USA - 15 Apr 2020

The new restrictions are dangerous, said Anna Diakun, staff attorney with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which this month sued the CDC for the release of records about White House and CDC policies that may keep the agency’s employees from speaking to the press and public.

“The White House is promoting inaccurate and misleading claims about the pandemic, even as it is restricting CDC employees from speaking to the press and the public,” she said.

She told me what’s happening amounts to a “gag order” on the very experts that the public needs to hear from directly. And it may be a violation of constitutionally protected free speech.


Former intelligence officials sue to end pre-publication review of writings


The American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute sued three U.S. intelligence chiefs and the acting defense secretary arguing that “the reviews as currently practiced breach the Constitution’s First Amendment prohibition on government abridgment of freedom of speech.”


Widespread censorship of former employees violates the First Amendment, lawsuit says

The Intercept

The American Civil Liberties Union and Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging the “pre-publication review amounts to a “far-reaching system of prior restraint,” and that the government’s arbitrary and sometimes confounding censorship decisions are unconstitutional under the First Amendment.”


Lawsuit seeks details of Trump administration’s policies on surveilling journalists

Washington Post

When can the FBI obtain a reporter’s phone records? The rules remain hidden, despite public records requests.