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Stuart N. Brotman Appointed Distinguished Fellow of The Media Institute

Will Coordinate Program Activities of Institute’s New Digital Media Center FOR RELEASE: July 2, 2020 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., July 2, 2020 – Stuart N. Brotman, a noted professor whose academic portfolio includes law, communications, business, and public policy, has been appointed Distinguished Fellow of The Media Institute, effective [...]

By |2020-07-02T12:45:45-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Press Releases|0 Comments

Social Media Platforms Crack Down on Hate Speech

By Craig Timberg and Elizabeth Dwoskin, washingtonpost.com, 6-29-20 Reddit shut down its popular but controversial forum devoted to supporting President Trump on June 29, following years in which the social media company tried but often failed to control the racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, glorification of violence, and conspiracy theories that flourished there…. The move by Reddit [...]

By |2020-07-02T18:47:33-04:00June 29th, 2020|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Broadcasters Challenge Constitutionality of Carriage Mandates

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-22-20 Broadcasters are pushing back on cable arguments that leased-access rules represent an infringement on cable's First Amendment rights, and for good reason.  If broadcasters want to preserve their cable carriage mandate, which they definitely do in a world where most broadcast viewing is over cable and satellite [...]

By |2020-07-02T18:27:33-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Broadcasters Challenge Constitutionality of Carriage Mandates

Pai Asks ISPs To Extend Connectivity Pledge Through July

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-19-20 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has signaled he is asking ISPs to extend a portion of their Keep Americans Connected pledge through the end of July, at least via deferred and extended payment plans, but is also supporting a legislative proposal to use taxpayer funds going forward. The [...]

By |2020-06-23T17:25:48-04:00June 19th, 2020|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Pai Asks ISPs To Extend Connectivity Pledge Through July

FCC: Broadcasters Can’t Use Vacant Channels for Next Gen TV

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-17-20 The FCC has resolved some major outstanding issues in its framework for a transition to the ATSC 3.0 broadcast transmission standard, which will allow for higher-definition pictures, targeted ads, interactivity and "broadcast internet." The FCC declined to allow vacant in-band channels to be used for ATSC 3.0 [...]

By |2020-06-23T17:25:24-04:00June 17th, 2020|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC: Broadcasters Can’t Use Vacant Channels for Next Gen TV

White House Slammed for Blocking VOA Access

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-16-20 Independent watchdog group Freedom House is slamming what it said is the Trump Administration's "unprecedented attack on press freedom," in this case an outlet funded by the government. Freedom House cites documents released under a FOIA request by the Knight First Amendment Institute that found that the [...]

By |2020-06-23T17:25:03-04:00June 16th, 2020|Issue Watch|Comments Off on White House Slammed for Blocking VOA Access

O’Rielly Has Issues With DOJ View of Media Marketplace

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-16-20 FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly told the Senate Commerce Committee June 16 that there continues to be a disconnect between the Department of Justice's approach to antitrust and the realities of the competitive video marketplace. For example, when negotiating settlements with TV stations over sharing competitively sensitive ad [...]

By |2020-06-22T20:13:23-04:00June 16th, 2020|Issue Watch|Comments Off on O’Rielly Has Issues With DOJ View of Media Marketplace

Press Conference Statements Within Legislative, Fair Report Privileges

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Dababneh v. Lopez.  This case concerns a defamation action brought by a member of the California State Assembly against a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct in a complaint to the [...]

By |2020-06-26T11:27:45-04:00June 10th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Press Conference Statements Within Legislative, Fair Report Privileges

First Amendment Right to Court Records Must Be Respected by State

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court in Jones v. Professional Background Screening Association.  The brief focuses on the First Amendment right of access to court records and whether the release of certain records should be governed by Arkansas Supreme Court Administrative Order [...]

By |2020-07-03T19:26:43-04:00June 9th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on First Amendment Right to Court Records Must Be Respected by State