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The First Amendment: Rock Star of the American Constitution

By Floyd Abrams...  American First Amendment law, former United States solicitor general and associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Charles Fried has rightly said, “is the most libertarian and speech protective of any liberal democratic regime.” As such, its consequences and implications are profound. The exceptionalism of the United States in the [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:51:40-04:00October 18th, 2017|First Amendment Trends|Comments Off on Foreword
The First Amendment: Rock Star of the American Constitution

Free Speech Week Slated for Oct. 21 – 27, 2019

Annual Celebration Promotes Free Speech and Free Press FOR RELEASE: October 18, 2019 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., October 18, 2019 – Free Speech Week (FSW) begins Monday, Oct. 21, and will continue through Sunday, Oct. 27.  This national event will be an opportunity for media groups, schools, universities, and [...]

By |2019-10-17T14:03:16-04:00October 18th, 2019|Press Releases|0 Comments

Zuckerberg Defends Allowing Misinformation in Campaign Ads

By Jessica Campisi and Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, 10-17-19 Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Oct. 17 defended his company’s controversial decision of allowing politicians to post political ads with misleading or false claims on its platform, saying it’s “something we have to live with.” “People worry, and I worry deeply, too, about [...]

By |2019-10-18T14:59:16-04:00October 17th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Government Edicts Doctrine Can Be Grounded in First Amendment

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org.  The brief concurred with the Eleventh Circuit that Georgia cannot copyright its official code, and by extension, the annotations to that code.  The brief argued that the government edicts doctrine at issue [...]

By |2019-10-18T17:42:51-04:00October 16th, 2019|Law & Policy|0 Comments

FCC Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-16-19 With the dissenting vote of Democrat Geoffrey Starks joining that of Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel earlier in the day, the FCC has now voted 3-2 to approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. The Republican majority had voted earlier to approve, giving the deal the necessary votes, but the Democrats had [...]

By |2019-10-17T16:55:45-04:00October 16th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Massachusetts Wiretapping Statute Collides With First Amendment

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Martin v. Rollins.  The brief argued that the First Amendment protects the right to gather and publish news on matters of public interest – including the activities of government officials [...]

By |2019-10-18T17:05:50-04:00October 4th, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Massachusetts Wiretapping Statute Collides With First Amendment

Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. and Caroline Beasley To Receive Media Institute Awards at Oct. 7 Gala in Washington

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks To Deliver Keynote Address FOR RELEASE: October 4, 2019 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., October 4, 2019 – The Media Institute will bestow awards on Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, and Caroline Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group, LLC, at [...]

By |2019-10-04T11:51:44-04:00October 4th, 2019|Press Releases|Comments Off on Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. and Caroline Beasley To Receive Media Institute Awards at Oct. 7 Gala in Washington

Supreme Court Urged To Provide Live Audio Access to Oral Argument

Participated in a letter (with the Reporters Committee and other news media organizations) sent to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.  The letter requested that the Court provide live audio access to oral argument in a number of upcoming cases regarding nondiscrimination and the DACA immigration plan, citing strong nationwide interest [...]

By |2019-10-18T17:43:29-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Supreme Court Urged To Provide Live Audio Access to Oral Argument

U.S. Seeks Access to Facebook Encrypted Messaging

By Anick Jesdanun, AP, washingtonpost.com, 10-3-19 U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already uses so-called end-to-end encryption, which locks up messages so that [...]

By |2019-10-04T15:35:53-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on U.S. Seeks Access to Facebook Encrypted Messaging

Reporters Must Be Protected From Excessive Defamation Liability

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the New York Appellate Division, First Department, in Rainbow v. WPIX.  The case involved a media outlet that misidentified a public school teacher accused of bullying.  The teacher, Starlight Rainbow, appealed after the trial court ruled in favor of the [...]

By |2019-10-18T17:02:01-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Law & Policy|Comments Off on Reporters Must Be Protected From Excessive Defamation Liability