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FAC Again Prevails in Unsealing Search Warrants Executed on SF Journalist Bryan Carmody

Three San Francisco judges on Friday ordered the public release of sealed applications for three search warrants executed on freelance journalist Bryan Carmody — for his home, office and phone. The release of these materials should help answer a central question in the Carmody saga: how the San Francisco Police Department was able to obtain search warrants against a working journalist, when such warrants are clearly prohibited under both California and federal law. In announcing her

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Ginny LaRoe Named as FAC’s Programs and Outreach Director

The First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce the appointment of Ginny LaRoe, a veteran reporter and editor with substantial experience in legal affairs news, as FAC’s Programs and Outreach Director. LaRoe spent more than a decade on staff at newspapers in five states, primarily focused on the criminal justice system and local government. She dealt directly with threats to access, transparency and press freedoms, documenting them in the pages of local newspapers and working

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Police Failed to Tell Judge of Bryan Carmody’s Status as Journalist Before Obtaining Warrant, Unsealed Records Show

Police failed to tell the judge who issued a search warrant for Bryan Carmody’s phone that Carmody is a journalist, records unsealed today show—a key omission that helps explain how the San Francisco Police Department was able to obtain warrants for Carmody’s phone, home and office in clear violation of California and federal law. The records, unsealed as a result of a motion filed by the First Amendment Coalition and two press-advocacy groups, show that when

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FAC Succeeds in Unsealing Search Warrant Executed on SF Journalist Bryan Carmody

A San Francisco judge yesterday ordered police to publicly release sealed documents relating to a search warrant executed on freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, whose home and office were raided by SFPD in an unlawful show of force that shocked journalists and free-press advocates across the country. The order, the result of a motion filed by the First Amendment Coalition along with two press-advocacy groups, requires the San Francisco Police Department to release, by Tuesday, their

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RSVP: The Future of Free Expression Online in America

The exponential rise of hate speech, fake news, and terror content has led to growing pressure for major internet platforms and governments around the world to regulate greater amounts of online content, while also upholding free speech principles. In the U.S., the First Amendment limits the ability of the U.S. government to regulate online speech and as a result, vital free expression decisions are left in the hands of internet platforms themselves. What best practices

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