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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Saturday, April 21, 2018
The DNC’S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a lawsuit Friday afternoon in a Manhattan federal court against the Russian Government, the Trump campaign and various individuals it alleges participated in the plot to hack its email servers and disseminate the contents as part of the 2016 election...
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With the help of some Democrats, the House of Representatives voted today — and the Senate will do so sometime in the next week — to extend a controversial NSA surveillance power that potentially affects millions of Americans’ privacy rights. (Photo: Elvert Barnes) Views
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Democrats Just Handed Trump More Domestic Surveillance Powers. They Should Know Better.
Democrats have been all over the airwaves recently accusing Donald Trump of abusing the Justice Department to go after his political enemies —most notably his former opponent Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, which the Department of Justice is reportedly currently investigating based on...
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"Instead of the normal media guidelines, the FBI apparently had separate—and secret—rules for using National Security Letters to target journalists." Views
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Lawsuit Aims To Uncover How Government Surveils Journalists
What, if anything , is constraining the Trump Justice Department in its dangerous war on leakers, whistleblowers, and journalists? The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and Freedom of the Press Foundation, where I’m executive director, are teaming up to find out. On Wednesday...
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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
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
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 01, 2016
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
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
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 05, 2016
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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