Supporters of WikiLeaks, Occupy Wall Street and muckraking journalism will not be swept up under the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, government lawyers told the federal judge poised to scale that law back. On Thursday morning, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest will hear arguments for a preliminary injunction against certain provisions of the NDAA, which became law on New Year's Eve. Weeks after President Barack Obama signed the law, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges filed a lawsuit against its so-called "Homeland Battlefield" provisions, which he believes allow for the indefinite detention of journalists who report the views of groups the U.S. government considers terrorists.
Reporters Without Borders has released its annual World Press Freedom Index and the United States fell 27 points to No. 47 on the list. Why? "more than 25 [reporters] were subjected to arrests and beatings at the hands of police" during Occupy movement protests