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Why Trump wouldn't win a libel suit against The New York Times

It would give new meaning to "trumped up" lawsuit. Donald Trump is threatening a lawsuit against The New York Times after it detailed allegations of sexual harassment by two women. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's White House chances might be greater than Trump's prospects for courtroom success against the newspaper. His lawyer wrote the newspaper and said the story is … Read More
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Donald Trump threatens to sue The New York Times over sexual harassment story

Lawyers representing Donald Trump are issuing a full-throated denial and threatening to sue after a New York Times report detailed allegations of sexual harassment by the Republican nominee for president. On Wednesday, the Trump campaign published a letter to New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet from the law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman saying the Times article … Read More
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How to protect yourself from legal risks while reporting

Documents add detail and confirm newsworthy information in your reporting process. These records might include anything from a photograph to a computer hard drive to internal documents belonging to a company or government entity. When you come into possession of such items, you should know what legal issues you could face if you access, retain or use those materials. Here … Read More
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FOIA Wiki launches in beta

A new tool launched on Monday seeks to work as both a resource and a collaborative space for people using the Freedom of Information Act. FOIA Wiki, from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, includes details on FOIA exemptions and fees, contact information for federal agencies and an open forum for questions. There's also a page … Read More
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Letter to the editor: We're making progress on press freedom litigation

A recently published article asks whether the news media is keeping up with challenges surrounding freedom of information in the digital age. While there is no doubt that journalists and news organizations are facing a variety of challenges when it comes to access to government information, a number of organizations are working to address those challenges — and delivering … Read More
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Trump threatens to sue New York Times

"My lawyers want to sue the failing @nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting."

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In an era of sweeping change, how can freedom of information keep up?

Fifty years ago, the American Society of News Editors led the push for passage of the federal Freedom of Information Act that, along with the state and local laws it spawned, set open government standards across the U.S. This week, the nation’s editors and managing editors meet in a joint convention in Philadelphia, facing a new era for speech and … Read More
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Trump threatens additional lawsuits in Post interview

"Now, libel suits are very hard and I may look at that frankly if I get elected because it’s very unfair that somebody could write whatever they want to write and get away with it. And I will be bringing more libel suits as people — maybe against you folks."

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9 guidelines to access public and private property

While the First Amendment protects your right to engage in speech, it does not grant you complete access to the property of others. Here are some guidelines to protect yourself from legal risks. Get consent. If you have any doubts about your right to enter property, get consent to enter first. Don’t assume permission. Make sure your use of the … Read More
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Melania Trump threatens to sue news outlets

Charles Harder, the attorney who represented Hulk Hogan and others in their lawsuits against Gawker Media, is now taking legal action against Politico, The Week, The Daily Mail and other publications on behalf of Melania Trump. Melania Trump has notified the news organizations of her intent to take action based on "false and defamatory" statements, Harder told Poynter in an … Read More
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Association of newsroom editors calls on states to enact laws protecting student journalism

"The American Society of News Editors has unanimously adopted a resolution that welcomes new state laws in Illinois, Maryland and North Dakota protecting the ability of college and high-school journalists to write about issues of public concern, and calls on all other states to follow their lead."

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Pulitzer Prize-winner files age discrimination lawsuit against Los Angeles Times

Jeff Gottlieb, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who helped lead the team that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for public service, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against his old employer alleging age discrimination and detailing a years-long tug-of-war over prize money for a series of investigative stories. The 30-page complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, lays … Read More
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Defamation lawsuit against ProPublica and CIR thrown out

"The lawsuit stemmed from an August 2014 story published by the two nonprofit newsrooms that revealed an apparent security breach at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, an intelligence center set up by state and local authorities after the 9/11 terror attacks."

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