The United States appeared ready last fall to pass a media shield law that would make prosecutions of journalists more difficult when they protected their sources. Law was crafted and examined. Since then, as Rem Rider of USA Today notes, silence. He argues that such a bill is fundamental to democracy and calls on the Houses to get on with it.
For several months Turkey has been suppressing press freedoms and other forms of free expression, often with media concurrence. Agence France Presse reports that someone has been sentenced to prison for a "blasphemous" Tweet, while Al Jazeera reports the country's highest court has rejected the country's ban on YouTube as an infringement on personal freedoms.
The story of Jill Abramson's firing as executive editor of The New York Times has been missing one major player's voice. Until now. Dean Baquet, her successor and her former second-in-command, tells NPR's David Folkenflik that Abramson had been at odds with her publisher and her team for some time. He argues that it's not necessary to rough on your team, just tough on the decisions.