New York Fair Trial Free Press Conference

New York Fair Trial Free Press Conference

Every year, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) convenes a panel of journalists, judges, and lawyers to discuss a hypothetical case involving free speech, the freedom of the press, and citizens’ right to a fair trial. In October, 2018 the program explored a hypothetical case in which an incumbent Governor who’s running for reelection, is going through a contentious[Read More…]

Clear and Present Danger: Episode 22: Fighting Words – Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part II

Clear and Present Danger: Episode 22: Fighting Words – Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part II

Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech is a podcast hosted by Jacob Mchangama, the founder and executive director of Justitia, a think tank focusing on human rights. Mchangama guides listeners through the history of free speech from the trial of Socrates to the Great Firewall of China.  In Episode 22 of the podcast, “Fighting Words – Free[Read More…]

March 8, 2019 Press, Speech, Top Stories
BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief and moderator Ben Smith asks questions of entertainment executives during the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy Inaugural Symposium in Los Angeles, California September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA)

Ben Smith, Editor-In-Chief of BuzzFeed News Discusses Free Press Issues

Ben Smith, the Editor-In-Chief of BuzzFeed News, discusses his decision to publish the Steele dossier, a controversial intelligence memo compiled by retired British spy Christopher Steele. Smith also talks about other issues such as President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the press, and journalism and the privacy rights issues that arose from the Hulk Hogan and Gawker case. The Steele[Read More…]

Ballard Spahr: Recent Ruling Invokes Colorado Press Shield Law To Absolve Reporter From Disclosing Unpublished Information

Ballard Spahr: Recent Ruling Invokes Colorado Press Shield Law To Absolve Reporter From Disclosing Unpublished Information

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr A district court in Boulder, Colorado, recently applied Colorado’s Press Shield Law to a subpoena for a reporter to testify at trial—even though the party issuing the subpoena only wanted to question the witness about published information. The court based its February 25 decision on the likelihood that the opposing party would seek to[Read More…]

March 8, 2019 Press, Subpoenas, Top Stories
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally at El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, U.S., February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis -/File Photo

BBC Cameraman Shoved By Trump Supporter During Rally In El Paso, Texas

February 13, 2019: The Physical Attack Followed Verbal Assaults A man in a red “Make America Great Again” hat shoved and yelled at a BBC cameraman during a Trump campaign rally at the El Paso County Coliseum, briefly interrupting the president’s speech. BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was working on a raised press platform during the rally when he says a[Read More…]

February 14, 2019 Below the Fold, Press
Gene Policinski, Chief Operating Officer, Newseum Institute and First Amendment Center of Newseum Institute

Gene Policinski Commentary: Student Journalism: More Needed Than Ever

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on January 31, 2019, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           In more communities today than ever, student publications are doing double-duty — reporting news of schools and surrounding communities — and doing both well. As a[Read More…]

February 13, 2019 Press, Top Stories
FILE PHOTO: Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and CEO of Amazon, speaks about the future plans of Blue Origin during an address to attendees at Access Intelligence's SATELLITE 2017 conference in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

“Extortion And Blackmail”: Bezos Makes Accusations Against National Enquirer Public

February 8, 2019: AMI Claims That Publishing Intimate Photos of Bezos Is Newsworthy Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is accusing American Media, Inc. of blackmail and extortion in a blog post that included a series of threatening emails Bezos says he received from AMI and its lawyer. Bezos writes that after the National Enquirer, which is owned by AMI, published an exposé rife with intimate[Read More…]

February 8, 2019 Below the Fold, Libel, News Gathering, Press
NFL Football - Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams - Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. - February 3, 2019. The Vince Lombardi Trophy is lifted by New England Patriots' Julian Edelman as he celebrates after winning Super Bowl LIII. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Washington Post Tackles Press Freedom In First Super Bowl Ad

February 4, 2019: The Ad Highlighted The Importance Of The Press, Paid Tribute To Slain And Missing Journalists The Washington Post aired its first Super Bowl ad during Super Bowl LIII. The 60-second spot’s goal was to highlight the role that journalists play in the pursuit of truth, and the risks and dangers they face while doing their work, according to The[Read More…]

February 4, 2019 Press, Top Stories
U.S. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Trump Directed Press Sec. Sanders ‘Not To Bother’ Holding Daily Briefings

January 22, 2019: The President Blames So-Called Unfair Coverage For The Infrequency Of Formal Briefings President Trump declared in a tweet that he has told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to stop holding daily press conferences because the press covers her “rudely and inaccurately,” and that “word gets out anyway.” The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the[Read More…]

January 23, 2019 Press, 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