Even when the truth isn’t hopeful, the telling of it is. - Andrea Gibson

Pandemic masks ongoing child abuse crisis as cases plummet (AP)

AP analysis: COVID prolonged foster care stays for thousands (AP)

US hunger crisis persists, especially for kids, older adults (AP, contrib)

Jails emptied in the pandemic. Should they stay that way? (AP, contrib)

Floyd killing prompts some states to limit or ban chokeholds (AP)

Some local GOP leaders fire up base with conspiracies, lies (AP, contrib)

Tight supplies for virus gear cost US states billions (AP)

Businesses left with bills as states halt virus supply deals (AP)

Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution (AP)

Thousands of N.C. voters wait weeks for absentee ballots (AP)

Neighbors with hoses target fires as crews urge them to stop (AP)

California wildfires some of largest in state history (AP, contrib)

Politics slows flow of US virus funds to local public health (AP/KHN, contrib)

Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again (AP)

ICE and CBP Seize Billions In Assets Including Human Remains (Splinter News/Gizmodo Media)

Inside UC Berkeley’s Contract with Amazon (East Bay Express)

License Plate Surveillance Company Attacks Nonprofits For Filing FOIA Requests (Motherboard)

The year in press freedom: Attacks, arrests, and more (Columbia Journalism Review/Freedom of the Press Foundation)

Israel lobby group monitors neo-Nazis online, but watches leftists, too (Unicorn Riot)

Berkeley police posted mugshots of activists to create ‘counter-narrative’ of protests against far-right (Shadowproof)

It Takes a Village: A growing movement is fighting for citizen oversight of police surveillance in their communities (McSweeney’s, see page 219)

How Agrochemical Corporations Suppress Public Records and Prevent Transparency (In These Times)

Why is Chelsea Manning still in jail? (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

One year on, the push for change since the murder of Malta’s most famous investigative journalist (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

Why is ICE interfering with journalists covering immigration hearings? (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

The US government is increasingly targeting journalists at the US-Mexico border (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

In a brewing First Amendment fight, California’s Attorney General threatens journalists for possessing a public records document (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

Prisons are censoring publications that challenge state power (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

The Freedom of Information Act is getting worse under the Trump administration (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

How Trump’s government shutdown ground transparency to a halt (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka insults, threatens, and attacks journalists (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

Canadian police block journalists from covering pipeline protest in British Columbia (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

An important free speech statute that protects journalists in Texas is in danger (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

Journalist Jamie Kalven subpoenaed to testify in Laquan McDonald murder case (U.S. Press Freedom Tracker)

Special report on the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker (Columbia Journalism Review)

Why publishing LinkedIn data on ICE employees is in the public interest (Lucy Parsons Labs blog)

Exclusion Of Climate Change From Presidential Debates Is Irresponsible And Dangerous (HuffPost)