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Photographer’s First Amendment Rights Violated by New York Police

Participated with the Reporters Committee and 22 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to the New York City mayor and law enforcement officials concerning the arrest of Chae Kihn, an independent photographer who was tackled by multiple NYPD officers, arrested, and charged with obstructing traffic in the lawful course of her reporting.  [...]

By |2020-11-19T14:25:57-04:00November 6th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Photographer’s First Amendment Rights Violated by New York Police

Releasing Business Names Would Not Violate Patient Confidentiality

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Circuit Court of Waukesha County, Wisc., in Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce v. Evers.  This case concerns the Wisconsin Department of Public Health’s plan to release the names of businesses where at least two employees had tested positive for COVID-19.  [...]

By |2020-11-13T20:08:26-04:00November 6th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Releasing Business Names Would Not Violate Patient Confidentiality

Charges Against Reporter Covering Protest Should Be Dropped

Participated with the Reporters Committee and 25 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to the Graham (N.C.) Police Department and Alamance County District Attorney’s Office urging that charges against reporter Tomas Murawski be dropped.  Murawski was covering a demonstration for the Alamance News when he was forcibly arrested by Graham police officers [...]

By |2020-11-13T20:07:24-04:00November 4th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Charges Against Reporter Covering Protest Should Be Dropped

Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records Should Be Released

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. De Blasio.  This case concerns increased access to the disciplinary records of New York City law enforcement officers following repeal of a statutory provision.  The [...]

By |2020-11-11T21:37:20-04:00October 29th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records Should Be Released

News Blogger Should Be Covered by New Jersey Shield Law

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Superior Court Law Division in Ocean County, New Jersey, in Schwab v. Klein.  This case arises from a defamation action against several defendants, including Klein, brought by a local businessman and business based on posts on the websites jleaks and [...]

By |2020-11-11T21:37:47-04:00October 28th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on News Blogger Should Be Covered by New Jersey Shield Law

Proposed DHS Changes to Journalist Visas Could Have Chilling Effect

Participated with the Reporters Committee and 36 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding a proposed DHS rule that would limit the visa term for “I” visas, a special category exclusive to foreign journalists at news organizations with home offices overseas.  The proposed rule would require [...]

By |2020-11-04T17:51:28-04:00October 26th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Proposed DHS Changes to Journalist Visas Could Have Chilling Effect

Firewall Protecting U.S. Government Journalists Must Be Maintained

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Turner v. U.S. Agency for Global Media.  Five suspended senior executives at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) sued the agency and senior leadership, alleging numerous violations of the [...]

By |2020-11-04T17:49:58-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Firewall Protecting U.S. Government Journalists Must Be Maintained

Denial of Motion To Dismiss Can Be Appealed Immediately in Virginia

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Blankenship v. Blakeman.  This appeal arises from a defamation action brought by failed senatorial candidate Don Blankenship against Fox News contributor Bradley Blakeman.  Blankenship alleged that an incorrect statement by [...]

By |2020-11-04T17:48:11-04:00October 13th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Denial of Motion To Dismiss Can Be Appealed Immediately in Virginia

California Retraction Statute Applies to Online Weekly Publication

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in Ukraine Relief v. Gurzhiy.  This is a defamation action arising from an article published on The Slavic Sacramento about the misuse of humanitarian aid donations intended for Ukrainians.   The defendant, Gurzhiy, is the [...]

By |2020-10-03T18:38:08-04:00September 28th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on California Retraction Statute Applies to Online Weekly Publication

Supreme Court’s Live Audio Access Should Continue During Closure

Participated with the Reporters Committee and 49 other media organizations and outlets in a letter to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.  The letter asks the Supreme Court to continue providing live audio access for the Court’s oral arguments and opinion announcements for the upcoming term as the Court is still [...]

By |2020-10-05T22:33:33-04:00September 16th, 2020|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Supreme Court’s Live Audio Access Should Continue During Closure
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