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Buzzfeed Prevails In Defamation Lawsuit Filed By Russian Executive For Publishing Dossier

Buzzfeed Prevails In Defamation Lawsuit Filed By Russian Executive For Publishing Dossier

December 19, 2018: The Judge Ruled That The Outlet Was Covered By Fair Report Privilege A federal judge ruled in Buzzfeed’s favor in a lawsuit brought by Russian technology executive Aleksej Gubarev. Gubarev claimed that he was defamed in a dossier published by Buzzfeed in January 2017 that contained unverified reports of alleged ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government.[Read More…]

December 20, 2018 Libel, News Gathering, Top Stories
Part of a series on the Pentagon Papers published by The New York Times in 1971. The Nixon Administration's attempt to stop publication was ultimately rejected in New York Times v. United States.

Harvard Historian Seeking To Unseal Documents From Probe Into Pentagon Papers Leak

December 19, 2018: The Public Needs More Insight Into The Landmark Pentagon Papers Case, She Argues  A history professor and writer is asking a federal judge to unseal the records from proceedings in two Boston grand jury probes into the leaks of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Jill Lepore, who is seeking the records, is a Harvard professor, writer for The New[Read More…]

December 19, 2018 Access, Below the Fold, News Gathering, Press
A news stand outfitted with "Fake News" headlines for a stunt pulled off by the Columbia Journalism Review is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

New Knight Study Released on The Future of the First Amendment

The Future of the First Amendment: 2018 Report of High School Students and Teachers report examines how high school students’ attitudes about the First Amendment, censorship, and the news environment are changing and what that means for the future of democracy.

December 14, 2018 News Gathering, Round-Up, Speech, Top Stories
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders takes questions while holding the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Reporters Persona Non Grata at White House

Donald Trump has often called out news organizations as “fake news,” excluded reporters from rallies, and limited press access both on the campaign trail and after assuming office. But many are condemning the White Houses’ move to revoke the press credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta unprecedented and dangerous. Larger questions still remain: can reporters be barred from news conferences because the Trump administration objects to coverage? And will reporter’s boycott White House press briefings in solidarity with Acosta and in defense of press freedom?

November 7, 2018 Access, News Gathering
A police officer walks up the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington March 2, 2015. The Supreme Court will hear "King v. Burwell" on March 4, a challenge on whether residents in at least 34 U.S. states are eligible for federal tax subsidies to help them buy health coverage under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.    REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH BUSINESS)

Ballard Spahr: What Does the “New” Supreme Court Portend for Media Lawyers?

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr Much ink has been spilled over the potential ramifications of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court across a broad range of issues—from executive power and reproductive rights to redistricting and gun control. That commentary has included multiple examinations of his likely impact on the wide spectrum of recurring First Amendment questions[Read More…]

October 11, 2018 News Gathering, Top Stories
Knight Institute Urges Facebook To Change Policy To Create “Safe Harbor” For Journalists And Researchers

Knight Institute Urges Facebook To Change Policy To Create “Safe Harbor” For Journalists And Researchers

August 7, 2018: Knight Institute Requests And Suggests Amendments To Facebook’s Terms Of Service In Letter To Zuckerberg In a letter sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, The Knight First Amendment Institute called on the platform to amend its terms of service to allow journalists and researchers to safely operate on the platform. The letter, sent on behalf of three journalists[Read More…]

August 9, 2018 News Gathering, Press, Top Stories
Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz walks back in court as his attorney Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill (L) looks on in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. April 27, 2018.      Taimy Alvarez/Sun-Sentinel/Pool via REUTERS

Florida School Board Wants To Hold Newspaper In Contempt For Publishing Parkland Shooter’s Records

August 15, 2018:”I find it shameful”: Judge Reprimands Newspaper For Publishing Redacted Material A Broward County judge lambasted the Sun Sentinel for publishing disclosed information contained in a redacted report that the paper says it obtained legally, because the information was already made public.  In response to the judge’s claim that she was under the impression that the newspaper would[Read More…]

Newly printed  Detroit News newspapers run thru the printing presses at the newspapers printing plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan December 16, 2008. The Newspapers Partnership announced a plan to reduce home-delivery of the papers to three days a week and a push for their on-line editions.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook   (UNITED STATES)

Are Newsprint Tariffs Repressing The Free Press?

The U.S. International Trade Commission is considering whether to permanently institute a 30 percent tariff on newsprint from Canada, the largest source for US newspapers. In light of recent layoffs at the New York Daily News and many other newsrooms tapering their staff and product, how will this looming tariff threaten the operation and publication of newspapers of all sizes across the country?

August 6, 2018 Below the Fold, News Gathering, Press
Gene Policinski, Chief Operating Officer, Newseum Institute and First Amendment Center of Newseum Institute

Gene Policinski Commentary: The First Amendment Was Meant For Times Like Now

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on August 1, 2018, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           Donald Trump is working the old political shell game again — one that journalists must refuse to play and that every citizen should take as a[Read More…]

August 1, 2018 News Gathering, Press, Top Stories
BuzzFeed News Demands Access To Texas Detention Facility On First Amendment Grounds

BuzzFeed News Demands Access To Texas Detention Facility On First Amendment Grounds

June 20, 2018: BuzzFeed Is Calling On The U.S. Customs and Border Protection To Grant Its Reporters Access To The Facility BuzzFeed News sent a letter sent to the Chief Counsel of U.S. Customs and Border Protection requesting access to a centralized processing center in McAllen, Texas for a previously scheduled tour after a reporter’s request for attendance was rejected. [Read More…]

June 21, 2018 News Gathering, Press, Top Stories