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Ted Boutrous

Ted Boutrous Challenges Preferential Treatment Given to Right-Wing Reporter

The First Amendment lawyer wrote to the White House administration last week calling the former Press Secretary's special treatment of a right-wing reporter "textbook content discrimination." An attorney with the Justice Department dismissed his claim, insisting that no laws had been broken.

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CDC

Knight First Amendment Institute Sues CDC For Coronavirus Communication Records

Knight First Amendment Institute, a leading press advocacy group, filed a lawsuit on April 2nd against the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeking the immediate release of documents related to policies governing CDC employees’ ability to speak to the press and the public about matters relating to the novel coronavirus.

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Fossil Fuel Protest

Three States Pass Laws That Enhance Punishments for Fossil Fuel Protests

This month, legislators in Kentucky, South Dakota, West Virginia have worked to pass new laws that target individuals protesting fossil fuel companies. Some environmentalists believe legislators took advantage of the fact that national attention was focused on the coronavirus, to pass controversial legislation.

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Miami Herald Reporter Excluded From COVID-19 Press Briefing

Mary Ellen Klas, the bureau chief for the Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau, was instead told she could watch the press conference from a live stream video feed, effectively preventing her from asking officials any questions.

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Texas Appeals Court Rejects Alex Jones’ Motion to Dismiss Heslin Defamation Suit

The judge has ordered Jones to pay Heslin $22,250 in attorney fees, making the total amount Jones now owes Neil Heslin just under $150,000.

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Federal Court Rules That First Amendment Suit Against Trump Can Proceed

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected President Donald Trump’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit that claims that the President retaliated against media companies and reporters who were critical of his actions.

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Appeals Court Rejects Request to Review Trump Twitter Case

"The critical question in this case is not the nature of the Account when it was set up a decade ago. The critical question for First Amendment purposes is how the President uses the Account in his capacity as President," Judge Barrington Parker wrote.

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College Campus

First Amendment Watch and FIRE Launch Campus Free Speech Orientation Program

First Amendment Watch and FIRE are proud to launch a freshman orientation program aimed at teaching incoming college students about their free speech rights on campus. We've developed a series of modules for universities to utilize during freshman orientation, first-year seminars, and other campus programming to teach new college students about their rights and about common free speech issues they may encounter during their time in school

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