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Nondisclosure Agreement Violates Right To Engage in Political Speech

By |2020-08-07T19:21:23-04:00August 6th, 2020|Law & Policy|

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Denson v. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.  The central question in this class-action lawsuit is whether the nondisclosure agreement that the defendant, the president’s campaign, requires all employees [...]

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FOIA Exemption 5’s Deliberative Process Privilege Overused, Abused

By |2020-08-07T20:18:40-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Law & Policy|

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Fish & Wildlife Service v. Sierra Club.  This case concerns the applicability of FOIA Exemption 5’s deliberative process privilege to the disclosure of certain documents prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National [...]

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David Cohen of Comcast Corp. and Former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn To Receive Awards at Media Institute ‘Free Speech America’ Virtual Gala

By |2020-07-31T19:18:38-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Press Releases|

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr To Deliver Keynote Remarks at Oct. 14 Virtual Event FOR RELEASE: August 4, 2020 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., August 4, 2020 – The Media Institute will honor David L. Cohen, senior executive vice president of Comcast Corporation, and Mignon Clyburn, former FCC commissioner and acting [...]

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Single-Publication Rule Applies to Internet Publishing

By |2020-08-07T20:18:57-04:00July 31st, 2020|Law & Policy|

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 Lokhova v. Halper.  This case concerns a defamation action by Svetlana Lokhova, a Russian-born graduate student, against several national print and broadcast outlets (collectively, the “News Organizations”) and Stefan Halper.  [...]

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Big Tech Execs Pitch American Success Stories to Hill

By |2020-07-30T18:58:05-04:00July 29th, 2020|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-29-20 The main takeaways from the prepared testimony of the four tech giants testifying before Congress Wednesday (July 29) is that their companies are quintessentially American success stories, companies that took risks and failed as well as succeeded and in the process innovated and built businesses that provided [...]

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Ninth Circuit Urged To Proceed With Unsealing of Video Recording

By |2020-08-06T18:48:46-04:00July 27th, 2020|Law & Policy|

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Perry v. Hollingsworth.  This is a case in which we participated at the district court level concerning access to the video recording of the 2010 Proposition 8 trial.  The proponents appealed [...]

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Duty To Warn Journalist Demands Careful Scrutiny of FOIA Denial

By |2020-07-29T20:28:56-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Law & Policy|

Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Committee To Protect Journalists v. CIA.  The case concerns FOIA requests made by CPJ and the Knight Institute to the CIA, FBI, NSA, ODNI, and State Department.  The FOIA requests [...]

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FCC Launches First 5G Mid-Band Auction

By |2020-07-23T18:30:11-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-23-20 The FCC is holding its first ever auction of mid-band spectrum for 5G. It is the auction of 70 MHz worth of county-based Priority Access Licenses (PALs) (a whopping 22,631 of them) in the 3550-3650 MHz 93.5 GHz band.  It is the most-ever flexible-use licenses available in [...]

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MIC Coalition to DOJ: Don’t Change Music Licensing Consent Decrees

By |2020-07-23T18:28:48-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-23-20 The MIC Coalition is telling the Justice Department not to pull the plug on longstanding music licensing consent decrees, saying that particularly in the time of pandemic that could add chaos to catastrophe. That came in comments in advance of next week's DOJ public workshop on the decrees and [...]

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Group Seeks Federal Protection for Journalists

By |2020-07-24T17:40:55-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Issue Watch|

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-22-20 The News Media for Open Government Coalition is renewing its call for passage of a bill to protect journalists. The Journalist Protection Act, which was introduced in a previous Congress, would "make it a federal crime to intentionally cause bodily injury or threaten a journalist in a manner designed to intimidate [...]

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