ADVERTISEMENT

Legal

NEWS

As IAPA Debates Shield Law, Some Latin Journos Urge Caution

By Mark Fitzgerald Editor & Publisher Oct. 10, 2005 Excerpt: While the idea of a federal shield law is gaining popularity among U.S. journalists in the wake of the Judith Miller jailing, support is still far from unanimous. It's clear from the discussion at the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) General Assembly that Latin … Read More
NEWS

Public access to records a mixed bag in South Dakota

By Chuck Clement The Capital Journal (Pierre, S.D.) Oct. 10, 2005 Excerpt: While South Dakotans may not have the worst of times in knowing what's going on with their state and local governments, there's still room for improvement in guaranteeing the public's right to know. That observation was the general opinion of three board members … Read More
NEWS

Shield Law Sponsor: Bloggers 'Probably Not' Considered Journos

By Mark Fitzgerald Editor & Publisher Oct. 10, 2005 Excerpt: According to the first draft of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2005, the "covered person" protected by the bill's terms includes "any entity that disseminates information by print, broadcast, cable, satellite, mechanical, photographic, electronic, or other means and that publishes a newspaper, … Read More
NEWS

Calif. governor vetoes bill to give reporters greater inmate access

The Associated Press Oct. 11, 2005 Excerpt: For the second year in a row, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation that would have made it easier for news reporters to arrange interviews with prison inmates. Schwarzenegger said the bills by state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Murrieta, weren't necessary because the … Read More
NEWS

Sen. Lugar to Define Free Press

FreeMarketNews.com Oct. 11, 2005 Excerpt: Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana is coming to the rescue of the American press by co-sponsoring a proposed "federal shield law," known formally as the Free Flow of Information Act of 2005. Lugar told the Inter American Press Association on Monday that news bloggers would "probably not" be considered … Read More
NEWS

Corante is Not Second-Class Journalism

By Dana Blackenhorn Corante.com (Moore's Lore blog) Oct. 12, 2005 Excerpt: Sen. Richard Lugar ... is lugging around Washington something he calls the Free Flow of Information Act of 2005. A better name might be the First Amendment Licensing Act of 2005. Under the proposal, "journalists" would get source protection, but some would be more equal than … Read More
NEWS

Editorial for Oct. 12, 2005

Middletown (Ohio) Journal Oct. 12, 2005 Excerpt: The Ohio Supreme Court reportedly is considering whether to hear a case that originated in the Northwest Local School District in suburban Cincinnati involving the use of electronic mail by Northwest school board members. Mark Haverkos, a former resident of the Northwest district and now a candidate for … Read More
NEWS

Will Laws to Protect "Press" Harm Bloggers?

By Sean Gallagher Publish.com Oct. 12, 2005 Excerpt: Can bloggers be considered "journalists"? That question has been the source of a lot of debate, and it's one that may take on a slightly different flavor shortly. Congress is preparing to consider a law that will likely legislate who can be called a "journalist." And … Read More
NEWS

UNC broke law, say legal experts: Open meetings statute affords no penalties

By Matthew Eisley and Jane Stancill The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Oct. 06, 2005 Excerpt: University of North Carolina leaders promised that their search for a new president would be open. And until it came time to pick one, it was. But once the search committee got down to evaluating the leading candidates -- … Read More
NEWS

Dover Biology (Column): No lock on principles

By Marc Charisse York Daily Record/Sunday News (York, Pa.) Oct. 07, 2005 Excerpt: [T]wo part-time correspondents for York County newspapers were ready to get locked up to protect the principle of journalistic independence. Joe Maldonado of the York Daily Record/Sunday News and Heidi Bernhard-Bubb of The York Dispatch were threatened with contempt of court if … Read More
NEWS

Opinion: State AG to push shield law next session

By Kenneth F. Bunting Seattle Post-Intelligencer Oct. 07, 2005 Excerpt: The Miller saga has brought scant mention of national shield law proposals by Sens. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and Reps. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Rick Boucher, D-Va. Although national security exceptions are being proposed and debated, those attempts at a legislative … Read More
NEWS

Press Clips: Full Disclosure: Time for Miller to come clean

By Sydney H. Schanberg The Village Voice (New York, N.Y.) Oct. 07, 2005 Excerpt: The American press has been under siege in recent years -- mostly from the right, which accuses journalists of being overwhelmingly liberal and determinedly hostile to the Bush administration. More and more court decisions have reversed journalists' traditional privileges -- … Read More
NEWS

Freedom of the press evolves with Miller, Leggett cases

By Chuck Lindell Austin American-Statesman (Austin, Texas) Oct. 09, 2005 Excerpt: "Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press," Thomas Jefferson said in 1786, back when the dominant media were newspapers and pamphlets. But as technology blossomed and new forms of media emerged, later generations have struggled to play catch-up … Read More
NEWS

Good Night, and Good Luck

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer PBS Aired: Oct. 06, 2005 Excerpt: JEFFREY BROWN: Well, what is it exactly that you're trying to say about journalism as Murrow practiced it? GEORGE CLOONEY: I don't know a reporter that doesn't want to break a big news story. It is constantly the battle between commerce and news, or keeping … Read More
NEWS

Who Holds the Media Accountable?

By Cliff KincaidAccuracy in Media (AIM.org)Oct. 05, 2005 Excerpt: The media's complicity in the FBI's misconduct in the Hatfill case demonstrates why reporters are not entitled to a special federal media shield law to protect their government sources. Such a law would enable the media to protect the identities of the government agents who were behind … Read More
ADVERTISEMENT