Two major journalism organizations have released reports that chronicle the surveillance of and difficult relationships with the press under the Obama Administration. A special report from the Committee to Protect Journalists cites a culture of restrained disclosure, aggressive surveillance and intimidating legal threats and actions against journalists. And a group of scholars, journalists and researchers from Columbia University and the MIT Center for Civic Media have written a lengthy letter to the government, arguing that the effects of surveillance have been to chill important journalistic sources of information.
A group of news organization leaders has rebutted a Daily Mail article this week that argued The Guardian had aided Britain's enemies by reporting on surveillance by the National Security Agency. They argue that the reporting has been of assistance to democracy.
British publishers are threatening to seek action in the European Union courts to overturn what they fear will be onerous penalties if they do not sign up for the proposed press regulation backed by the royal charter. The Guardian notes the government is finishing its efforts today on the regulatory measures and publishers fear they will be facing significantly difficult provisions involving libel and court costs.