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Crisis over family separation underscores need for transparency

Recent events show the immigration system lacks transparency critical to reunite parents and children separated under President Donald’s Trump order. Among a number of recommendations, Open the Government is asking Congress to require companies contracted to retain undocumented immigrants to open their operations to the public. (Open Government, June 21, 2018, press release) The problems […]

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Transparency: Answers lacking over location of girls and toddlers wretched from families by ICE

On the hot seat for the disastrous Trump policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen could not answer questions about the location of girls detained under the policy. There are many unanswered questions about the conditions of their detainment and the effects on their mental health. (Refinery 29, June […]

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Journalists find it perilous duty to cover extremists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) tallied 44 physical attacks on journalists in North American in 2017, mostly during protests. CPJ thinks President Donald Trump’s disparagement of the press has fueled the increase of violence against journalists with 1000 Trump tweets attacking the media between his announcement of his candidacy and January of 2018.  (The […]

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Free speech: Twitter loses round one in lawsuit over ban of white nationalist

A California Superior Court judge ruled that a white nationalist could pursue his challenge of Twitter’s suspension of his account holding that allowing his tweets were in the public interest. Twitter contended that it has a First Amendment right to choose the content on its platform. (WDNT.com, June 15, 2018, by Michael Kunzelman of The […]

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Ed Chapuis, Katherine Rowlands and Juliet Williams Join FAC Board of Directors

The First Amendment Coalition is delighted to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors, all working journalists who have made substantial contributions to their craft and to the cause of government transparency in California and beyond: Ed Chapuis, news director for KGTV-10 in San Diego; Katherine Ann Rowlands, owner of […]

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U.S. journalist gains in fight to escape drone kill list

American journalists in Syria are challenging their placement on the U.S. government’s drone kill list. Bilal Abdul Kareem and Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan’s reporting includes contacts with extremist leaders but that they claim they are not involved in any terrorism. A federal court ruled this week that Kareem could pursue constitutional right to due process. (Courthouse […]

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Minnesota law on political speech in polling places

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that Minnesota’s law restricting political hats, T-shirts and pins in the polling places ran afoul of the First Amendment. The majority felt the law lacked the capability of  “reasoned application.” The law differed from those of other states in its broad application, barring voters from wearing names of candidates or […]

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California open government roundup: Water district to vote again to dispel allegations of Brown Act violations

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will take another vote in July on the Delta water tunnel to meet challenges to their previous vote that came after alleged serial closed-door contacts between MWD directors, the governor and the state Department of Water Resources. FAC issued a demand to cure and correct and cease and […]

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