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Judge Refuses to Enforce Prior Restraint Against EFF

Judge Refuses to Enforce Prior Restraint Against EFF

November 17, 2017: Federal Judge Says Australian Court Cannot Tell US-based EFF To Take Down Article A federal judge ruled that an order issued by an Australian court to take down an article published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation could not be enforced in the United States. EFF had published a story on June 30, 2016 that featured the Global[Read More…]

November 19, 2017 Censorship, Prior Restraints, Top Stories
Yelp Case Demos How To Out Anonymous Speakers

Yelp Case Demos How To Out Anonymous Speakers

November 16, 2017: Mixed Ruling Supports Social Platforms Standing, But Opens Door to Out Anonymous Speakers The online consumer review site, Yelp, tried to protect the anonymity of a reviewer who wrote a dismissive piece about accountancy, Montagna & Associates, Inc., for overcharging and harassment. Montagna sued for defamation and requested access to the reviewer’s name. The California Appeals Court agreed[Read More…]

November 17, 2017 Top Stories
Court Rules Baring Breasts Not Protected by First Amendment

Court Rules Baring Breasts Not Protected by First Amendment

November 8, 2017: Court Rules Against Topless Protestor The United States Court of Appeals for the  Seventh Circuit ruled that a Chicago ordinance did not violate the First Amendment freedom of speech or the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause  when it was used against a woman exposing her breasts in public as part of a political protest. Sonoku Tagami was[Read More…]

November 10, 2017 Top Stories
Harvey Weinstein Hired Investigators To Intimidate Journalists

Harvey Weinstein Hired Investigators To Intimidate Journalists

In an explosive New Yorker piece that hit the web Monday night, Ronan Farrow details how Harvey Weinstein used spies, lies and threats to intimidate multiple journalists from exposing the truth about his predatory behavior.

November 8, 2017 Top Stories
Countries implicated in the Paradise Papers

Leaked Paradise Papers Shed Light On Murky Offshore World

November 5, 2017: Leaked Documents Reveal How Super Rich Hide Wealth Expanding on the work uncovered by the Panama Papers, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung obtained 13.4 million records detailing offshore networks and exposing the world’s biggest names from Trump commerce secretary Wilbur Ross to entertainer Madonna and even Queen Elizabeth. Süddeutsche Zeitung editors shared these “Paradise Papers” with the International[Read More…]

November 6, 2017 Top Stories
Jason Aldean

Country Music Association Backtracks on Reporter Ban At Awards Gala

November 3, 2017: Under Pressure, the Country Music Association Apologies For Attempting to Silence Reporters The Country Music Association first told reporters covering the annual awards event next week that questions about “the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like” were to be avoided. The penalty: a “security escort” out of the event. The Association[Read More…]

November 3, 2017 Access, Censorship, Top Stories
Reporter Arrested Covering Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Candidate

Reporter Arrested Covering Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Candidate

October 31, 2017: Aggressive Police Takedown of Reporter Leaves Many Wondering Why Video capturing the arrest of Shareblue Media’s Mike Stark show police officers aggressively confronting Stark. Fairfax County police are investigating. Did Stark break the law or was he being targeted and silenced? Shareblue Media reporter violently arrested while covering GOP nominee for Virginia governorhttps://t.co/HWHapmV0qu pic.twitter.com/vrHBa0lEfD — Holly O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan)[Read More…]

November 1, 2017 Censorship, Top Stories
Social Media Giants Testify Before Congress

Social Media Giants Testify Before Congress

October 3o, 2017: Congress Takes Facebook, Twitter and Google to task Representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are on the Hill this week to testify about how fake news was disseminated during the 2016 US elections, when the networks knew Russia had infiltrated their platforms and what they are doing to counter such attacks. Watch live:

October 31, 2017 Fake News, Top Stories
Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally

Weekend Alt-Right Rallies Test Policing and Free Speech

October 28, 2017: Tennessee Alt-Right Rally Closely Watched After Violence in Charlottesville and Gainesville In in Shelbyville, in Central Tennessee, a “White Lives Matter” demonstration on Saturday prompted a ramped up police presence and a coterie of counter-demonstrators. Protestors on both sides traveling take part in often contentious encounters are creating new law enforcement challenges. Speaking to the New York Times Occidental Dissent[Read More…]

October 29, 2017 Top Stories
Louisiana Parish Council Passes Bill to Protect Flag From Desecration

Louisiana Parish Council Passes Bill to Protect Flag From Desecration

  October 24, 2017: Local Legislators Say Don’t Disrespect the Flag, ACLU Counters It Is Protected Speech The Iberville Parish Council without debate and against the American Civil Liberties Union’s recommendation passed an ordinance “to prohibit flag desecration of (the) American Flag, Louisiana Flag and Iberville Parish Flag.” Council Chairman Matthew Jewell stated he was not against the First Amendment but that[Read More…]

October 27, 2017 Top Stories