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Arizona GOP lawmaker calls on 'vigilantes' to film & follow voters to combat unproven 'ballot mules'

An Arizona legislative hearing on the flawed election film “2000 Mules” led to Sen. Kelly Townsend calling on “vigilantes” to spy on people who deposit early ballots in ballot drop boxes and state GOP leaders calling journalists covering the hearing "terrorists."... Read more»

FactCheck

Video doesn’t prove Capitol Police allowed Jan. 6 protesters to enter Capitol

More than 400 people have been charged in relation to the Jan. 6 events at the U.S. Capitol, and there is ample evidence that many protesters defied and assaulted Capitol Police officers that day, yet viral social media posts are falsely claiming a video clip proves that “Capitol Police gave protesters OK” to enter the building. ... Read more»

Documents show Trump officials used secret terrorism unit to question lawyers at the border

In newly disclosed records, Trump officials cited conspiracies about Antifa to justify interrogating immigration lawyers with a special terrorism unit, with documents also showing that more lawyers were targeted than previously known. ... Read more»

Cyber Ninjas releases its Arizona election 'audit' policies after court order

Following a judge’s ruling that the Arizona Senate’s election 'audit' team can’t keep its policies and procedures secret, lead contractor Cyber Ninjas submitted nearly two hundreds pages to the court detailing its practices regarding guidelines for hand counting ballots, handling digital evidence, documenting chain-of-custody for ballots, rules of conduct for observers.... Read more»

Senate won’t say who is funding the Arizona election 'audit' or allow media access

A heated press conference on the eve of the Arizona Senate’s 'audit' of the Maricopa County presidential election revealed key information about how the 'audit' will unfold in the coming weeks and laid bare issues with media access and transparency about who is paying for the 'audit'. ... Read more»

Arizona GOP won’t commit to letting reporters cover election 'audit'

As the Arizona Senate prepared to begin its election 'audit' on Friday, it was unclear whether Senate Republicans would permit journalists to cover the unprecedented event except under severe restrictions that would seriously limit their ability to do their jobs.... Read more»

Guest opinion: Sunshine Week

Federal court records should be free & easy to access. We're working on it.

Court records, unlike other federal government records, are locked behind a paywall. It’ll cost you 10 cents per page to read them online — or even just to view your search results. With a $5 million cooperative agreement from the National Science Foundation, our team is creating an Open Knowledge Network called SCALES to increase transparency around court records. ... Read more»

Woman's killing triggers fear in Honduras journalists

A radio host and her driver were murdered Tuesday, right outside the journalist's home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, becoming the 17th journalist shot in the country since 2009.... Read more»

Amnesty Int'l calls on Mexican gov't to protect journalists

Amnesty International said Thursday that the Mexican government needs to do more to protect journalists from the attacks of drug cartels. The government’s failure to act, the organization said, has led to increased violence against reporters across Mexico.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The state of journalistic integrity

Smart v. Stupid: Bloggers seldom have the benefit of an editor, but one has to wonder if it would have made any difference to Andrew Breitbart, the man who published the salacious snip of a speech by USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, then labeled her a racist. The next day, we all found out that she was exactly the opposite of what he’d claimed.... Read more»4