Federal Judge Dismisses the Trump Campaign’s Defamation Lawsuit Against the Washington Post

President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign sued The Washington Post in 2020 for what it said were false accusations in two articles that the campaign had conspired with foreign governments to interfere with the 2016 election. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit Feb. 3, ruling the Trump Campaign did not adequately plead the factual basis of actual malice for one of the articles. The other article, said the judge, was protected opinion.

Julian Assange, the Espionage Act and Dangerous Press Freedom Implications

“Publishing is not a crime,” wrote five news organizations in a letter urging the U.S. government to drop its charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange is the first publisher in history to be charged with the World War I-era Espionage Act, igniting pushback from journalists around the world who say this could threaten press freedoms and endanger First Amendment protections.
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