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Notable Legal Ruling For Buzzfeed in Dossier Defense

Notable Legal Ruling For Buzzfeed in Dossier Defense

June 4, 2018: Judge Rules That Buzzfeed Could Claim Fair Report Privilege  A judge ruled that Buzzfeed may have legal protection for its decision to publish the “dossier” and a brief accompanying article in January 2017, and could claim fair reporting privilege. The privilege is a common law or statutory protection that enables journalists to report on government activity or[Read More…]

June 5, 2018 Top Stories
Journalist Cleared of Criminal Trespass Charges

Journalist Cleared of Criminal Trespass Charges

June 4, 2018: Journalist Arrested Last Year While Covering The Dakota Access Pipeline Found Not Guilty  Following a one-day trial, North Dakota Judge Thomas Schneider ruled that journalist Jenni Monet complied with law enforcement orders while reporting on the demonstration at the Dakota Access Pipeline. The independent journalist spent a number of months in North Dakota reporting on the Standing Rock[Read More…]

June 4, 2018 Press, Top Stories
ACLU Sues U.S. Courts Administrative Office for Violation of Free Speech

ACLU Sues U.S. Courts Administrative Office for Violation of Free Speech

May 31, 2018: ACLU Argues That The Measures For Judicial Employees Are Stricter Than Those Governing Executive Branch Employees New rules implemented in March are barring hundred of support staff at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts from engaging in political activity, including expressing their political views on social media or donating to political parties. The ACLU is arguing that[Read More…]

June 1, 2018 Censorship, Speech, Top Stories
Judge Rules Student May Wear “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” T-shirt

Judge Rules Student May Wear “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” T-shirt

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order that would allow high school senior Addison Barnes to wear a t-shirt that read “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” for the remainder of the school year. Barnes lawyers argued that his shirt constituted “pure political speech” and did not disturb or interfere with the school, promote illegal activity or contain obscene or vulgar language.

June 1, 2018 Censorship, Top Stories
Ocean City, Maryland Boardwalk

As Summer Starts Maryland Judge Says Restrictions On Boardwalk Performers Unconstitutional

A U.S. district court judge in Maryland ruled that restrictions on street performers in Ocean City is unconstitutional. The decision says the restrictions placed a “substantial burden” on harmless speech.

May 31, 2018 Artistic Speech, Speech, Top Stories
2017 Has Been A Year of Challenges For Artistic Free Speech

2017 Has Been A Year of Challenges For Artistic Free Speech

From comedian Kathy Griffin posing with a severed head of Trump to the Public Theater depicting the death of a Trump look-alike in Julius Caesar, 2017 has been a year where the arts have pushed the boundaries and come under fire. The threat of government censorship is not new. In 1873, under the Comstock Law a reported 194,000 “questionable pictures” and 134,000 pounds of[Read More…]

May 31, 2018 Censorship, Speech, Top Stories
Banned Political Signs In Subdivisions Could Change Under Bill passed by Missouri lawmaker

Banned Political Signs In Subdivisions Could Change Under Bill passed by Missouri lawmaker

May 14, 2018: If signed by Governor Eric Greitens, the measure will prohibit agreements that bar political signage Homeowners’ associations in Missouri may soon lose the power to prohibit political signs posted on lawns. A bill recently passed by the state legislature prevents such actions by homeowner associations, thus promoting political speech during campaigns. The Governor of Missouri will now consider the bill. See[Read More…]

May 30, 2018 Censorship, Top Stories
High School Cheerleader Dismissed from Squad Over Video Files Suit

High School Cheerleader Dismissed from Squad Over Video Files Suit

May 25, 2018: Student’s attorney claims she was unconstitutionally punished for exercising her First Amendment rights off campus A high school student in Utah was dismissed from her school’s cheerleading squad after posting a video to her Snapchat account of her singing lyrics to a song with vulgar language. She is suing the school district for violating her right to free[Read More…]

May 30, 2018 Speech, Top Stories
School Committee Hit With Lawsuit For Limiting Public Comment

School Committee Hit With Lawsuit For Limiting Public Comment

April 24, 2018: Parents Sue, Claim Policy Limits Free Speech The ACLU is helping two Massachusetts parents who are suing their town’s school committee for its “Public Speak” policy after the committee tried to silence their concerns in a meeting. See More: Mapping First Amendment Conflicts

May 30, 2018 Censorship, Top Stories
Lata Nott, Executive Director of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center

Lata Nott: These Two States Are Pushing Laws To Criminalize Some Protests

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Lata Nott, originally published this podcast on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           Rightly or wrongly, certain First Amendment issues tend to dominate the national conversation more than others. Bring up President Trump’s tweets criticizing the news media, college campus protests of controversial[Read More…]

May 25, 2018 Assembly, Top Stories