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Ballard Spahr: New Trade Agreement Extends Immunity to Online Service Providers in Mexico and Canada

Ballard Spahr: New Trade Agreement Extends Immunity to Online Service Providers in Mexico and Canada

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr Good news for internet hosts: NAFTA’s replacement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), will extend the immunity Congress provided with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA) into neighboring North American countries. In the United States, 28 U.S.C. § 230—which provides that online service providers are not considered “publishers” of third-party content[Read More…]

October 4, 2018 Speech, Top Stories
A test text message of the Presidential Alert, National Wireless Emergency Alert System is seen on a mobile phone in New York City, New York, U.S. October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Could The Presidential Text Message Alert System Violate The First Amendment? Lawsuit Says Yes

October 3, 2018: Judge Denies Plaintiffs’ Request Three people fought back against the first-ever national presidential text message alert system in the hopes of stopping a scheduled system test that went into effect yesterday afternoon. The plaintiffs, suing President Trump and a FEMA administrator in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, argued that the alert system violates their First Amendment and[Read More…]

October 4, 2018 Speech, Top Stories
First Amendment News Hosts Online Symposium: 15 Women & Their Views on Free Speech

First Amendment News Hosts Online Symposium: 15 Women & Their Views on Free Speech

September 20, 2018: First Amendment News (FAN) Publishes Original Essays By Women On Free Speech Law  To commemorate FAN’s 200th edition, Ronald K.L. Collins asked 15 female lawyers and professors to write original essays on any aspect of free speech they found intriguing. Women tend to be underrepresented in the First Amendment arena, and Collins wanted to take the opportunity[Read More…]

October 4, 2018 Speech, Top Stories
First Amendment Coalition Sues DOJ Over Seizure Of Reporter’s Records

First Amendment Coalition Sues DOJ Over Seizure Of Reporter’s Records

September 19, 2018: FAC: Justice Department Violated FOIA By Withholding Documents The First Amendment Coalition filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in San Francisco alleging that the DOJ violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by failing to provide the documents related to the secret collection of a journalist’s phone and email records.  FAC[Read More…]

September 20, 2018 FOIA, Press, Secrecy, 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 Below the Fold, 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