Archive November 2016

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ASNE joins amicus brief relating to the 'Right to be Forgotten'

In May 2014, the European Court of Human rights ruled in a case filed by a Spanish citizen against a Spanish newspaper that individuals have the right  to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them when the information has become "inaccurate, inadequate or excessive." This concept, which has not taken hold in the United States (and hopefully, never will), has come to be known as "the right to be forgotten." Although it does not mandate removal of the article itself, there is a distinct impact, which one might even call it "functional censorship," because of the fact that most Internet users access content via search engines.  

ASNE and others argue for right to record police activity

ASNE and 30 other media organizations and companies filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a case that will dictate the extent to which citizens have the right to record the activities of police, regardless of the intention or motive behind recording the video. The case is the latest in a series of lawsuits brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania on behalf of individuals arrested by the Philadelphia police officers while in the act of recording officers. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed the ACLU's lawsuit and held that there is no First Amendment right to such recording absent some "expressive conduct" beyond just capturing the recording. 

Letter to President-elect Trump in response to his ditching of the press: ASNE, 14 other journalism associations ask Trump to commit to protective press pool for transparency

Dear President-elect Trump,
We, a group of diverse journalism associations representing thousands of journalists from the nation's capital to every corner of the country, begin this letter on a hopeful note. Your administration is a blank slate, and we are eager to work with you to perpetuate one of this nation's great strengths: our freedom of the press.

ASNE stands ready to defend First Amendment rights, strong democracy

Columbia, Mo. (Nov. 9, 2016) - After this long, tortuous election season, Americans went to the polls Tuesday to exercise their right to vote, perhaps the ultimate expression of free speech in the United States. However, throughout this campaign, Americans have seen extraordinary assaults on their First Amendment rights to free speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press. These assaults have come from many political spectrums and walks of life. At some universities, students expressed outrage at the practice of chalking, writing messages on campus sidewalks, when those messages were in support of a specific candidate. At a religious-based campus, a university official censored a student who wrote a column in opposition to GOP nominee Donald Trump. It has been suggested that some political candidates' rhetoric amounts to hate speech and, thus, should be censored. We have heard instances of Americans being targeted because they practice a specific religion. We have also heard proposals to weaken the nation's libel laws to make it easier for individuals to sue the press. Elected officials, as well as candidates, have tried to control their messages by refusing to talk to journalists, attacking journalists personally and sometimes harassing journalists' sources. And on it goes.

ASNE co-sponsors Election Day legal hotline

ASNE is proud to join with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other major journalism organizations on the election hotline service, which provides legal support to journalists who encounter legal problems while trying to cover election events.

ASNE and others urge court to release HSBC's monitor reports

ASNE and 25 other media companies and organizations filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that argues for access to court documents relating to the banking collapse, which occurred almost a decade ago, and the government's ongoing efforts to prevent its recurrence.