Citizen journalist arrested for publishing information before local police

December 13, 2017
Citizen journalist Priscilla Villarreal was arrested by the Laredo Police Department and charged with two felony counts of “misuse of official information” on December 13, 2017. Villarreal — an independent journalist based in Laredo, Texas who is often known by her nickname “La Gordiloca” — published the name of a Border Patrol agent who committed suicide on her Facebook page in April, before the Laredo Police Department’s official release about the incident. The Laredo Morning Times reported on December 15 …

Pentagon spokesman says he doesn’t Intercept contributor a ‘legitimate journalist’

October 2017
A spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) told independent journalist Nick Turse that he did not consider him to be a “legitimate journalist” and refused to answer his calls or emails for months starting in late 2017.Turse has written numerous articles, many for The Intercept, critical of the U.S. military’s activities in Africa.On July 20, 2017, he wrote an article for The Intercept revealing that Cameroonian troops tortured detainees at a military base that the United States also used for …
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