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National Parks Service Proposal Would Compel Fees For DC Protests

National Parks Service Proposal Would Compel Fees For DC Protests

September 11, 2018: Advocates Are Calling It A “Protest Tax” Writing for the Washington Post, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund Mara Verheyden-Hilliard and the group’s legal director Carl Messineo shed light on a recent National Park Service proposal to revise demonstration regulations in the National Capital Region. The two argue that the proposal is an attempt by the[Read More…]

September 12, 2018 Assembly, Top Stories
FILE PHOTO: Roy Moore (L) and Sacha Baron Cohen are seen in this combination photo in Midland City, Alabama, U.S., December 11, 2017 and in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016 respectively.   REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman (L) REUTERS/Adrees Latif (R)

Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen For $95 Million In Defamation Case, Claiming False Portrayal As Sex Offender

September 5, 2018: The Former Alabama Senate Candidate Claims He Was Duped On Show Former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing Sacha Baron Cohen, CBS, and Showtime for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud, for implying that he is a pedophile on the July 29 episode of Cohen’s satirical show “Who Is America?” Moore is seeking $95[Read More…]

September 6, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
The book "Unhinged" by former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman on her time in the White House administration is seen for sale in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 14, 2018.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton   NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Omarosa’s Publisher Says Trump Legal Team Threats Are “Hollow”

August 17, 2018: Simon & Schuster To Trump: You Have A “Bully Pulpit” At Your Disposal In response to threats made by the Trump campaign legal team, Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House by Omarosa Manigault-Newman, says they acted well within their rights and will continue to publish the book on schedule. The[Read More…]

August 30, 2018 Censorship, Speech, Threats, Top Stories
Defamation Lawsuits Pile Up Against InfoWars And Alex Jones

Defamation Lawsuits Pile Up Against InfoWars And Alex Jones

The 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre which killed 20 children and 6 adults galvanized parents and relatives of those murdered to promote gun reform. One conservative commentator who responded negatively to their efforts: Alex Jones and his Infowars which ran segments claiming the massacre at Sandy Hook was “a giant hoax.” Jones’ followers have continued to harass Sandy Hook families. Now Leonard Pozner and his former wife, Veronique De La Rosa, parents of Noah Pozner, and Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, have responded by filing two defamation suits against Alex Jones stating “defendants’ defamatory statements were knowingly false or made with reckless disregard for the truth.” They are seeking at least $1 million in damages. This is the second time this year Alex Jones has been sued for defamation. In March, Brennan Gilmore, sued Jones for stories that led to threats against him. Now, six more families of Sandy Hook victims and an FBI agent filed a third defamation lawsuit Wednesday against Jones.

August 30, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
Reminding Readers That Press Is Not The Enemy Of The People, News Outlets Defend Their Right In Their Own Words

Reminding Readers That Press Is Not The Enemy Of The People, News Outlets Defend Their Right In Their Own Words

Hundreds of news outlets around the country heeded the call of Boston Globe deputy editorial page editor Marjorie Pritchard and published their defense of a free press in response to criticism from President Trump. 

August 30, 2018 Press, Top Stories
Death Penalty Reporter’s Case For Access Can Move Forward

Death Penalty Reporter’s Case For Access Can Move Forward

August 21, 2018: Ongoing Fight For Reporter Access To Witness Executions In Missouri Continues  Buzzfeed News investigative reporter Chris McDaniel can move forward with his lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections to be allowed to witness executions, a federal appellate court held. McDaniel— who covers the death penalty and executions— filed a lawsuit together with the ACLU against the[Read More…]

August 23, 2018 Access, Press, Top Stories
State of the First Amendment Scores a B-

State of the First Amendment Scores a B-

Every quarter the Newseum Institute produces a “report card” on how the current administration is faring on the five freedoms: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Thirteen First Amendment experts — academics, lawyers, journalists and activists — from across the political spectrum weigh in. Republished with Permission from Newseum’s First Amendment Center The composite grade point average for the five[Read More…]

Immigration activist Ravi Ragbir leads a protest outside of a federal building in New York, U.S., February 1, 2018.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Immigration Activist Appeals Deportation Order, Arguing 1st Amendment Rights [Exclusive Video]

August 14, 2018: Following Oral Arguments, Ragbir And Protestors Publicly Recite First Amendment  Immigration activist Ravi Ragbir asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to temporarily block the government from deporting him while he argues that his First Amendment rights were violated in a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The lawsuit claims that ICE attempted to[Read More…]

August 15, 2018 Censorship, Speech, Top Stories
FILE PHOTO: Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

War of Words: Alex Jones Removed, Banned From Major Content Platforms

September 6, 2018: Last holdout: Twitter Finally Permanently Bans Alex Jones, InfoWars Accounts Alex Jones and InfoWars Twitter accounts have been permanently removed from the platform following a live-streamed confrontation on Periscope between CNN’s Oliver Darcy and Alex Jones on Capital Hill, where Jones ranted at Darcy and about Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey who was on the Hill for congressional[Read More…]

Lata Nott, Executive Director of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center

Lata Nott: Printing Guns: Looking At All The Dimensions

Are 3-D printer designs protected by the First Amendment?

August 9, 2018 Speech, Top Stories