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Topic “freedom of information”

U.S. war on information leaks continues with new rules implementing polygraph tests

Outcry over leaked national security information published in The New York Times and other news media outlets has prompted U.S. national intelligence to implement new rules aimed at curbing -- and punishing -- information leaks, the NY Times reported. Read more »


Law enforcement restricts news coverage of wildfires in Western part of United States

Authorities have restricted reporters trying to cover the massive wildfires burning in the Western part of the United States, and at least one photographer was "roughed up," handcuffed and accused of obstruction, prompting the Nevada newspaper where he works to prepare a formal complaint, reported the Associated Press. Read more »


U.S., Brazil top list of governments requesting online content be censored, according to Google's transparency report

In its biannual Global Transparency Report, Google reported that in the past six months, the Internet giant has received more than 1,000 requests from governments around the world to take down information, whether YouTube videos or search listings, according to CNET. This "alarming" level of steadily increasing government censorship included 187 requests from the U.S. government to remove 6,192 pieces of content, 42 percent of which Google complied with, Google said. That's a 103 percent increase over the previous six-month period, reported Politico. Read more »


Local public information access law approved in the Misiones Province of Argentina

On Tuesday, June 12, the Argentine Journalism Forum applauded the new public information access in the Misiones Province of Argentina, which was approved on June 7 by the provincial congress, and said that this "means a significant step forward for freedom of expression, state transparency, and citizens' rights in democracy." Read more »


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