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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
Los Angeles Times Building (source: Wikipedia)

Judge Lifts Order On The Los Angeles Times To Alter News Story

The First Amendment has always been seen as providing, at a very minimum, freedom from censorship by the government or by a private party acting through an injunction issued by a judge. The Los Angeles Times will rely on this argument as it fights a court order that required it to take down part of a published piece on Saturday.

July 16, 2018 Below the Fold, Press, Prior Restraints
Gene Policinski, Chief Operating Officer, Newseum Institute and First Amendment Center of Newseum Institute

Gene Policinski Commentary: Five dead, more hurt at Annapolis newspaper – a sad, sad story

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on June 29, 2018, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           Sad. So terribly sad. Five people – several after a life’s work reporting on the daily lives of others – are today the subjects of news[Read More…]

June 29, 2018 Press, Threats, Top Stories
First Amendment Watch gives profound thanks to all those who, like the journalists in Annapolis, have sacrificed so much to advance the open discussion of ideas central to the functioning of a free society.

First Amendment Watch gives profound thanks to all those who, like the journalists in Annapolis, have sacrificed so much to advance the open discussion of ideas central to the functioning of a free society.

From Gene Policinski, president and chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Institute. 

Five dead, more hurt at Annapolis newspaper – a sad, sad story

Sad. So terribly sad.

Five people – several after a life’s work reporting on the daily lives of others – are today the subjects of news reports no one wants to write, or read.

On Thursday, police say, a man described as having a long-standing grudge against the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., killed five staffers and injured several more in that small community newsroom.

He shot through the glass doors of the paper into a place filled with journalists doing what most in that profession in America do: Bringing their community the news of itself.

June 29, 2018 Press, Threats
Law enforcement officials survey the scene after a gunman fired through a glass door at the Capital Gazette newspaper and sprayed the newsroom with gunfire, killing at least five people and injuring several others in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Deadliest Attack On U.S. Journalists In Several Years Incites Grave Concern

June 28, 2018: Gunman Kills Five And Injures Others At Maryland Newspaper Prompting Many To Question Motives A gunman opened fire in the newsroom of The Capital Gazette of Annapolis, MD, killing five and wounding others. Local police say it is clear that this was a targeted attack, noting that the suspect had a longstanding feud with the paper and made[Read More…]

June 28, 2018 Press, Threats, 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
Lata Nott, Executive Director of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center

Lata Nott: The Biggest Threat To Democracy Might Be The Loss Of Local Newspapers

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Lata Nott, originally published this op-ed on the Newseum blog and in local newspapers across the country, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.         If you’re reading this column in your local newspaper, congratulations!  Just by skimming your eyeballs over this page, whether it’s in print or online, you’re[Read More…]

June 19, 2018 News Gathering, Press, Top Stories
Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel (screenshot from Providence Journal video 2012)

Newspaper Challenging RI Judge In Federal Court For Banning Juror Contact

June 12, 2018: Newspaper Seeking Clarification On Free Press Principles The Providence Journal is moving a First Amendment complaint against a Superior Court judge to federal court for declaring a ban on reporter contact with jurors after a trial. The newspaper’s lawyers, the state Superior Court, and the judge could not reach an agreement about reporter’s access to jurors and[Read More…]

In Alabama Town, Media and Non-Residents Banned From Meetings

In Alabama Town, Media and Non-Residents Banned From Meetings

June 12, 2018: In Contradiction to Alabama Open Meetings Act, Paint Rock Bans Media And Non-Residents From Council Meetings The Jackson County Sentinel reported that the 200-person town of Paint Rock, Alabama is trying to ban members of the media and non-residents from attending Town Council meetings without prior approval of the members. The rules also say that recording meetings[Read More…]

Free Speech Advocates Concerned Over Revenge Pornography Bill In Rhode Island

Free Speech Advocates Concerned Over Revenge Pornography Bill In Rhode Island

June 4, 2018:  Can News Organizations Be Prosecuted For Publishing Newsworthy Photos? Rhode Island’s Governor Gina Raimondo signed a revenge pornography bill into law despite concerns and a request for a veto from free press and speech advocates. Although the governor originally vetoed a broadly worded bill in 2016, she and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin compromised on using language that[Read More…]

June 6, 2018 Press, Speech, Top Stories