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Mapping First Amendment Conflicts

Mapping First Amendment Conflicts

From hamlets to big cities, from social media to the White House, First Amendment conflicts arise nearly every day in the United States. They can involve libel suits against a big media organization, an attempt by state legislators to restrict demonstrations, public officials blocking Twitter followers they don’t like, and much more. The endless challenges to freedom of expression raise[Read More…]

January 14, 2018 Round-Up, Top Stories
President Calls Wall Street Journal “Fake News” Over Disputed North Korea Quote

President Calls Wall Street Journal “Fake News” Over Disputed North Korea Quote

January 14, 2018: Wall Street Journal Interview Transcript Rebuts President Trump’s “Fake News” Claim The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn’t say that. I said “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” a big difference. Fortunately we now record[Read More…]

January 14, 2018 Top Stories
Buzzfeed Sued For Defamation

Buzzfeed Sued For Defamation

January 9, 2018: Trump’s Lawyer Puts Buzzfeed and Fusion GPS On Notice Over Russian Dossier Watch the latest video at foxnews.com  

January 9, 2018 Top Stories
Can President Trump Stop “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” From Being Published?

Can President Trump Stop “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” From Being Published?

  January 8, 2018: Fire and Fury Publishers Responds to President Trump’s Legal Team “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” went on sale on Friday. Monday, a lawyer for Henry Holt shot down President Trump’s legal team libel claim writing, “it is patently ridiculous to claim that the privacy of the President of the United States has been violated by[Read More…]

January 9, 2018 Top Stories
Mercy for Animals Protest

U.S. Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Idaho’s Ag Gag Law

January 4,2018: Audio and Visual Recording Is Free Speech Court Rules The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Idaho’s ag gag law that criminalized the making of undercover videos at agricultural facilities violates the First Amendment. The case stemmed from a 2012 undercover operation by Mercy for Animals at Bettencourt Dairies that exposed animal cruelty and led[Read More…]

January 5, 2018 Top Stories
Efforts to Protect College Media From Suppression Gain Traction

Efforts to Protect College Media From Suppression Gain Traction

December 2017: Review of Efforts in 2017 to Protect Student Presses  College Media Association President Chris Evans reviews efforts over the past year to ensure college press freedom. A 2016 report sponsored by the American Association of University Professors, the College Media Association, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and the Student Press Law Center had found threats increasing to independent[Read More…]

December 28, 2017 Campus Speech, Top Stories
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Iowa Judge Who Told Des Moines Register to Stop Story Publication Reverses His Own Order

December 19, 2017: Judge Reverses Prior Restraint Order, Plaintiff Says He Will Apply to US Supreme Court  Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins reversed his prior restraint order, allowing the Des Moines Register to publish its piece about lawyer Jaysen McCleary. The Des Moines Register quotes McCleary stating he will take the case to the US Supreme Court. December 16,[Read More…]

December 20, 2017 Prior Restraints, Top Stories
Lata Nott, Executive Director of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center

Lata Nott Podcast: Journalism in the Age of Trump

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Lata Nott, originally published this podcast on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.     _____________________________________________________________________________ In this episode of The First Five, Lata Nott talks to Carrie Budoff Brown, editor of POLITICO, about the unique challenges of covering the Trump Administration, running a growing news media company, and being[Read More…]

December 13, 2017 Top Stories
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Presidential Calls For Reporter Firings Chill Press Freedom

  December 10, 2017: PEN America Says President Trump Violated First Amendment In a statement responding to President Trump’s tweet calling for the firing of the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, PEN American Director Suzanne Nossel wrote “For the President to call for a reporter to be fired infringes on the First Amendment, even if the journalist’s private employer has the wisdom to[Read More…]

December 11, 2017 Top Stories
LOS ANGELES - FEB 26: Summer Zervos, Gloria Allred at the 27th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, CA

Will A Defamation Suit Brought By An Ex-Apprentice Against President Trump Go Forward?

December 6, 2017: Both Side Argue Points in Defamation Case Against President Trump As the #MeToo movement overtakes nearly every industry, President Trump also faces a moment of reckoning. Will a judge who heard arguments this week from both sides in the defamation case of Summer Zervos against the president allow the case to move forward? November 1, 2017: Zervos[Read More…]

December 6, 2017 Libel, Top Stories