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Coalition calls for release of Mexican journalist seeking asylum in U.S.

As attacks against reporters in Mexico increase, a coalition of immigration lawyers and organizations that defend journalists is calling for the release of a Mexican reporter detained at the border after asking for political asylum in the United States.... Read more»

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Support local independent news on Az Gives Day

On Arizona Gives Day, please join with your fellow readers and support TucsonSentinel.com. We'll put your dollars to work holding politicians accountable, reporting the untold stories of the borderlands, and bringing you and the rest of Southern Arizona nonpartisan independent news without the spin.... Read more»

Congress rescinds rule limiting sale of Internet customer data

Approving a move initiated by U.S. Jeff Flake, the House voted Tuesday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that would have required internet service providers to get explicit consent before selling customer data, a policy that critics said would have stifled business.... Read more»

Ex-Tucsonan named spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump

Stephanie Grisham, a former Tucsonan who was a spokeswoman for AAA Arizona, has been working in the White House after a stint in state government. Grisham was named the director of communications for first lady Melania Trump on Monday.... Read more»

State election chief seeks new funds for hobbled campaign finance website overhaul

Secretary of State Michele Reagan campaigned on making it easier for people to see how money flows into political campaigns. But after spending $494,000 on a new website that never saw the light of day, her office is now asking the Clean Election Commission to pay $200,000 of an estimated $462,000 cost to develop a new website, plus $50,000 per year in maintenance.... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Media groups push back after 'fake news' defined U.S. elections

One of the lessons of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is that many Americans could not distinguish between actual news stories and fabrications, leading to an environment in which damaging hoaxes spread across social media networks... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks

As journalism marks its annual Sunshine Week, free speech advocates called the Trump administration the most hostile to the press in memory. They listed a wide range of potential dangers, from legal action to encouraging distrust and even violence. At the same time, advocates say that the media, at least on legal issues, is well positioned to withstand Trump and that the First Amendment is stronger than ever.... Read more»

Analysis: Sunshine Week

Why freedom of information faces problems, and how experts say those can be solved

From the UA's David Cuillier and ASU's Eric Newton: People must be able to get facts from their government to make smart decisions and hold public officials accountable. Politicians from both parties agreed on this long ago when they first passed federal, state and local open government laws. But the things people build — be they bridges, roads or freedom of information laws — wear out without regular maintenance. That’s why Sunshine Week exists, to remind us that it takes effort to keep freedom working.... Read more»

Can border officials search your phone? These are your rights

Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked alarm. We detail what powers Customs and Border Protection officials have over you and your devices. ... Read more»

Legislative roundup: Women, fake news and money

Wednesday was International Women’s Day and it was clear across the capitol who supported it and who didn’t. Some women across the world took the day to strike, wear red and blue, or not buy anything, while others kept their nose to the ground. Women packed both the House and Senate galleries.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s false Gitmo blame

President Trump wrongly tweeted that “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield.” Actually, it’s only nine former detainees. The other 113 were released under President George W. Bush.... Read more»

FactCheck: Examining Trump’s wiretap claim

With no evidence, President Trump called it a “fact” that “President Obama was tapping my phones in October.” He compared the alleged surveillance to the criminal acts of “Nixon/Watergate.” Yet, Trump provided no support for the startling claim, and when the White House press office finally got around to explaining the tweets, it undercut Trump’s baseless claim.... Read more»

9th Circuit: Maricopa County worker’s talk with reporter was not protected speech

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office did not violate the First Amendment rights or employee contract of a former worker it terminated following comments she made to the Arizona Republic.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump’s CPAC speech

President Donald Trump made a triumphant return to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. But we found that Trump’s speech to his conservative “friends” at the conference contained a lot of the same false and misleading claims we’ve been fact-checking for months.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McCain blasts Trump: 'Profound concern America is laying down mantle of global leadership'

Speaking at a security conference, McCain spoke of alarm about a "turn away from universal values ... hardening resentment toward immigrants, refugees and Muslims ... growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies ... more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent."... Read more»1

From the editor

Miller's modest meeting measure merits movement

A suggestion by Supervisor Ally Miller that the Pima County Board of Supervisors make meetings more accessible by holding at least some in the evening is worthy of consideration. Actually, it doesn't go far enough — our elected officials should take even more care that their actions are transparent to all local residents.... Read more»

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