Trevor Timm

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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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:00am
Flynn Resignation Shows Leaks Under Trump Are Working. Keep ‘Em Coming.
Leaks are coming out of the White House at a seemingly record pace, many of which have painted a picture of a dangerously ignorant and ill-equipped president who is narcissistic to the extreme, unable to let go of even the smallest of slights. But some of these leaks have halted a Trump appointment...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 9:30am
Chelsea Manning Did the Right Thing. Finally, Barack Obama Has Too
here is no one who has suffered more under the US government’s crackdown on leakers and whistleblowers than Chelsea Manning. But now, after President Obama commuted her unjust 35 year jail sentence on Tuesday, she will, amazingly, soon be able to walk free. Manning, who provided journalists a...
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 3:30pm
How the Obama Administration Laid the Groundwork for Trump's Coming Crackdown on the Press
In the summer of 2009, less than a year after President Obama took office, one of the first orders of business for the newly empaneled Senate Judiciary Committee was passing a long-stalled federal ‘media shield’ bill, which would finally provide a uniform level of protection to reporters who get...
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Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 9:45am
Attention All Journalists: US Border Patrol Agents Can Search Your Phones
Award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Ou , who has covered the Middle East for over a decade, has worked under threat as a journalist in almost too many countries to count. Authorities in Turkey, Egypt, Somalia, Djibouti, and Bahrain have arrested or detained him at some point in his...
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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 4:30pm
James Comey Has Been Abusing His Power for Years
BI director James Comey set off a torrent of criticism late last week when he directly inserted himself into the presidential campaign with a vague letter to Congress about the reopening of Clinton email case. His conduct has shocked many observers across the political spectrum, but the only thing...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:30pm
If Trump Leaks Are OK and Clinton Leaks Aren't, There's a Problem
The 2016 presidential campaign isn’t turning out to be the Facebook election, as some people have dubbed it . More than anything else, it’s now the Election Dominated By Leaks. In the final month of the race, the Clinton and Trump campaigns’ main attack points now revolve around several major leaks...
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 8:30am
Yahoo May Have Let the Government Spy on Emails. Now Will We Embrace Encryption?
In a blockbuster scoop, Reuters’ Joseph Menn is reporting that Yahoo secretly built a software program in 2015 that scanned all its millions of customers’ incoming emails at the behest of US intelligence officials, which led to its chief security officer resigning in protest. We don’t know exactly...
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 11:00am
Almost Everyone Gets Russia Wrong – Apart From Obama
These days it is en vogue in Washington DC to be itching for conflict with Russia . Politicians and pundits alike are outdoing each other for how they can describe the supposed threat Putin now poses to the west. To his credit, Barack Obama seems to be the only politician not playing into the cold...
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Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 2:15pm
Clinton's Embrace of Republicans Will Harm Her Own Party's Future
he Clinton campaign has now spent months trying to convince relatively obscure former Republican officials to endorse her campaign while also adopting many Republican slogans and arguments in her quest for the presidency. One has to wonder how much long term damage she is doing to progressive...
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 10:15am
The US is Bombing Libya Again. It's a Too-Familiar Vicious Cycle
Just five years after bombing Libya to dispose of Muammar Gaddafi, the US is now officially bombing the country again , this time against alleged Isis terrorist strongholds that cropped up in the power vacuum created by the last bombing. It’s yet another episode of the War on Terror Circle of Life...
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