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Hate Speech

Joined with 21 other media organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in Snyder v. Phelps.  The brief argued that media outlets cannot be silenced or held liable for reporting hateful or disturbing speech.  Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church had tried to harass Snyder and other military families by protesting on the outskirts of military funerals.  Snyder only saw the protest in question after the funeral in media reports.  Moreover, the brief noted that this is a matter between private parties and thus does not implicate the First Amendment, because the government did not censor the content of Phelps’s speech.  [2010]

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By |2018-03-18T15:45:14+00:00July 14th, 2010|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Hate Speech