Floyd Abrams Institute Supports Challenge to Maryland Law Prohibiting the Rebroadcast of Court Recordings
Although it is common for courtrooms in the United States to limit the use of cameras and recording equipment during criminal proceedings, the Maryland statute is peculiar in that it applies even to audio recordings produced by the courts and available for public use.
Knight First Amendment Institute Sues CDC For Coronavirus Communication Records
Knight First Amendment Institute, a leading press advocacy group, filed a lawsuit on April 2nd against the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeking the immediate release of documents related to policies governing CDC employees’ ability to speak to the press and the public about matters relating to the novel coronavirus.
Wisconsin County Board Considers Prosecuting Journalists for Reporting on Water Study, then Backs Off
A county board in southern Wisconsin decided to hold off on a resolution that would have punished journalists and county officials for how they handle information about a recent study that showed high-levels of contamination in the county’s well system.
Knight Institute Sues Intelligence Agencies Over Release Of Records on Khashoggi Killing
The Knight First Amendment Institute is suing U.S. intelligence agencies to learn if they complied with a "duty to warn" journalist Jamal Khashoggi about threats to his life. When an intelligence agency becomes aware of a threat of kidnapping or murder, it is obligated to inform the intended victim, and document and maintain records of its actions.
CDC Joins Other Administration Agencies in Restricting Reporters
Though the White House has denied "media gags" at agencies from the EPA to the National Park Service, the chill continues to be felt by reporters covering the current Administration. The latest: higher ups at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appear to have reduced reporter access according to a recently released email obtained by Axios.