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Search and Seizure of Journalists’ Work Products at Issue in U.K. Case

Participated in an intervenors/amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Belfast High Court in In re Fine Point Films & Trevor Birney. The case concerns filmmakers Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, who were arrested for referencing an unpublished draft of a government report they received anonymously in their film [...]

By |2019-05-21T17:13:53-04:00May 16th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Search and Seizure of Journalists’ Work Products at Issue in U.K. Case

Transit System Ad Policy Is Unconstitutionally Vague

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in CIR v. SEPTA. This case concerns a policy of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (“SEPTA”) that bans certain advertisements on the Philadelphia-area transit system based on their content. The brief [...]

By |2019-05-21T17:13:03-04:00May 14th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Transit System Ad Policy Is Unconstitutionally Vague

Public Has First Amendment Right To Photograph Police Performance

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Frasier v. Evans. The case deals with the fact that members of the public possess a qualified right, grounded in the First Amendment, to photograph and record police in public [...]

By |2019-05-08T15:16:14-04:00May 6th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Public Has First Amendment Right To Photograph Police Performance

DHS Targeting Harms First Amendment Rights, Undermines Press Freedom

Participated as part of a coalition of 103 media, journalism, civil liberties, and other groups in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The letter expresses deep concern over reports of surveillance and targeting of journalists, activists, and lawyers by DHS. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reportedly created dossiers and targeted individuals [...]

By |2019-05-01T15:03:51-04:00May 1st, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on DHS Targeting Harms First Amendment Rights, Undermines Press Freedom

Correct Application of Actual Malice Standard Would Protect Publisher

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Supreme Court of North Carolina in Desmond v. News and Observer Publishing Co. The case involved a series of articles delving into alleged errors made by an employee of the State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab. The brief noted [...]

By |2019-05-01T15:00:17-04:00April 29th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Correct Application of Actual Malice Standard Would Protect Publisher

Fair Report Privilege Protects Publication of Allegations in ‘Steele Dossier’

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Gubarev v. BuzzFeed, Inc. The brief argued that New York’s fair report privilege bars a defamation action against BuzzFeed for publishing an indisputably true and fair article about allegations (prominently [...]

By |2019-04-30T13:26:56-04:00April 26th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Fair Report Privilege Protects Publication of Allegations in ‘Steele Dossier’

Access of the Media and Public to State Legislative Records

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Supreme Court for the State of Washington in Associated Press v. Washington State Legislature. The brief emphasizes the importance of access to legislative records by the media and the public, including the records of individual legislators, staff complaints against [...]

By |2019-04-30T13:26:32-04:00April 25th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Access of the Media and Public to State Legislative Records

Pre-Trial Conference Should Be Open to Press and Public

Participated in a letter (with the Reporters Committee and other media groups) sent to a federal judge in Cleveland regarding In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 2804. The letter objected to the court’s plans to close the courtroom to members of the press and public for a pre-trial conference. The letter urged [...]

By |2019-04-24T17:04:09-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Pre-Trial Conference Should Be Open to Press and Public

Neutral Reportage Doctrine, Wire Service Defense Should Shield Newspaper

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Court of Appeal of the State of California in Smith v. Palisades News. The case involved a defamation suit against the Palisades News brought by an activist who objected to the newspaper’s coverage of her statements on a matter [...]

By |2019-04-24T17:03:57-04:00April 18th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Neutral Reportage Doctrine, Wire Service Defense Should Shield Newspaper

Certification Requirement Compromises Editorial Independence

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Arkansas Times v. Waldrip. The Arkansas Times, an alternative newsweekly, challenged the constitutionality of an Arkansas statute that prohibits public entities in the state from engaging in a boycott of [...]

By |2019-04-18T16:47:02-04:00April 15th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Certification Requirement Compromises Editorial Independence