In a post-Gawker, post-Trump, post-Thiel age, lawsuits (or the threat of them) are having a chilling effect on good journalism. One lawyer is making it her mission to help journalists do their job without fear of litigation. Without a free and open press, any semblance of democratic rule is banished.
Syed’s job is to help journalists “hold powerful people accountable and expose injustice without unintentionally hurting” journalists, the news company and sources in the process, Baker told OZY. An energetic First Amendment geek, Syed tackles defamation issues, government transparency, newsgathering technology and privacy. And before BuzzFeed, she was part of the external legal team that advised The Guardian in ongoing national security reporting and The New York Times , where, as a First Amendment Fellow, she helped bring a lawsuit against the Department of Justice on a targeted drone strike program. “The idea that there could be a legal explanation that remained cloaked in secrecy, that was reprehensible,” said the 31-year-old of the case, which later advanced to the Second Circuit. “If you were actually going to drone strike people, the public should know,” Syed added from BuzzFeed’s New York office.
Other charities and organizations working to keep media free and open and protect the right to a free press and civil liberties include ACLU, PEN America, SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center), and more.
From Twitter: what publications do people still consider trustworthy enough to pay cold, hard cash for right now?
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