Press Freedom


Press Freedom

Surveilling journalists to discover their sources. Using the Espionage Act to prosecute whistleblowers for disclosing information to the press that the public should know. Arresting and attacking journalists reporting on social unrest. Criminalizing the kinds of activities that journalists engage in routinely and as a necessary part of their work. Serious threats, all, to the freedom of the press. 

This blog channel highlights the Institute’s ongoing work to preserve and strengthen free press protections in the digital age.


Essays and Scholarship

What We Owe Whistleblowers

Jameel Jaffer argues that their disclosures since 9/11 have been vital, and that we should protect them better than we do

Learn More


Press Statement

Researchers, Knight Institute Call on Facebook to Reinstate Researchers' Accounts in Light of FTC Statement

Learn More



Knight Institute v. CDC

A FOIA lawsuit seeking policies restricting CDC employees' speech

Learn More

Reading Room

Transparency & Democracy

The OLC's Opinions

Documents released in our FOIA lawsuit for OLC legal opinions issued prior to 1994

Learn More