Trevor Timm

Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a writer, activist, and legal analyst who specializes in free speech and government transparency issues. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian and has also contributed to The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Harvard Law and Policy Review, PBS MediaShift, and Politico. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorTimm

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 12:15pm
The US Needs Its Own Chilcot report
As the UK parliament released its long-awaited Chilcot report on the country’s role in the Iraq war on Wednesday, there have been renewed calls all over Britain to try former prime minister Tony Blair for war crimes. This brings up another question: what about George W Bush? The former US president...
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Friday, July 1, 2016 - 9:00am
Donald Trump's Anti-Terror Policies Sound a Lot Like War Crimes
Instead of tacking to the center like a lot of pundits thought he would when he became the Republican nominee, Donald Trump seems intent to double down on his moral depravity, calling for outright war crimes in his quest to become US president. On Wednesday he told a crowd of supporters that to...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 2:30pm
As Quietly as Possible, the Government is Renewing Its Assault on Your Privacy
With their dangerous crusade for an anti-encryption bill in Congress all but dead ( for now ), the FBI and US justice department are now engaged in a multi-pronged attack on all sorts of other privacy rights – this time, with much less public scrutiny. A report from the nonpartisan Government...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 1:15pm
America's Voting System is Broken. It's Time to Overhaul It
There’s no debate at this point that Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote and the delegate count to win the Democratic primary. But even Clinton supporters should agree that our supposedly “democratic” system for picking nominees for president is terribly broken and should be dramatically...
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Friday, June 3, 2016 - 8:45am
President Obama, Pardon Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning
As he wraps up his presidency, it’s time for Barack Obama to seriously consider pardoning whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. Last week, Manning marked her six-year anniversary of being behind bars. She’s now served more time than anyone who has leaked information to a reporter in...
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Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:15am
Five Things People Should Stop Saying about Bernie Sanders
It seems to be open season on Bernie Sanders in the Democratic party now that his chances of winning the nomination are dwindling. But the criticism of him is misguided and hypocritical, and he is doing the right thing by largely ignoring it. Here’s a breakdown of what the party’s establishment is...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 1:00pm
Obama is Bullish on War, No Matter How You Spin It
Barack Obama has now been at war longer than any president in United States history, as the New York Times pointed out on Sunday . Barring some sort of peace miracle in the next six months, he will be the only president who ever served two full terms in office while constantly being at war. And...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 1:30pm
If Facebook Hides Conservative News, a Senate Inquiry is a Bad Idea
Many people were rightly disturbed earlier this week when Gizmodo revealed that Facebook employees allegedly suppressed conservative news stories on the whim of their employer’s political leanings. As alarming as that story is, a new congressional investigation into Facebook for those editorial...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 2:45pm
You May Hate Donald Trump. But Do You Want Facebook to Rig the Election Against Him?
While the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency is a terrifying one, perhaps this is scarier: Facebook could use its unprecedented powers to tilt the 2016 presidential election away from him – and the social network’s employees have apparently openly discussed whether they should do so. As Gizmodo...
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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:15am
Money Influences Everybody. That Includes Hillary Clinton
Democrats have a decision to make: do they think money in politics is a corrupting force that influences the decisions made by elected officials, or not? After years railing against the Citizens United decision , which opened the floodgates to outside spending in elections, some of them appear to...
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