June 21, 1987 |
President Reagan, intensifying the debate over whether the nation's broadcasters must present opposing views of controversial issues, has vetoed legislation to turn into law the 38-year-old "fairness doctrine," the White House announced Saturday. The doctrine, instituted by the Federal Communications Commission as public policy in 1949, requires the nation's radio and television stations to "afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance."
July 18, 1992 |
Defying President Boris N. Yeltsin's guarantee that he will defend the freedom of the press, Russian lawmakers passed a law Friday that makes the country's most prestigious independent newspaper, Izvestia, subordinate to them. Editors and reporters at Izvestia, however, declared that they will not give in to the "illegal" law. "We will not serve (Parliament Chairman Ruslan I.) Khasbulatov," Nikolai D. Bodnaryuk, a deputy editor in chief of Izvestia, said in a telephone interview.
June 18, 1988 |
Supreme Court ruled Friday that city officials may regulate where newspaper boxes are placed on city streets but that they do not have the authority to decide which newspapers are sold there. In a narrowly crafted 4-3 opinion, the high court struck down a law in a Cleveland suburb that gave the mayor the power to decide which newspapers would get licenses to sell their papers in racks on city streets. Citing the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press, Justice William J. Brennan Jr.
June 30, 1987 |
Former Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird, voted out of office in a rancorous political battle last fall, urged Monday that candidates be granted wider access to television during election campaigns. "We've got to do something about opening up television on a more equal basis," she said after a speech here. Bird did not endorse public financing for political campaigns or make any other specific proposals, nor would she blame her defeat and that of two other justices on a lack of campaign funding.
November 23, 1992 |
In a case that may have legal implications for the numerous "reality" TV series that have cameramen and reporters accompanying law-enforcement agents in their work, a federal judge here has criticized both the Secret Service and the U.S. Attorney's office for taking a crew from CBS' "Street Stories" on a search of the home of a man under investigation for credit-card fraud. U.S.
February 4, 1991 |
Radio Rossiya, which in the past two months has become a strong alternative political voice in the Soviet Union, was restricted this weekend to frequencies that cannot be received in many parts of the country in a Kremlin reassertion of its control over the mass media. But the Russian Federation, the sponsor of Radio Rossiya and the country's largest republic, vowed Sunday to ensure that the station's uncensored reports are heard again throughout Russia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1989 |
Orange County Jewish leaders said Wednesday that they are not satisfied with a written apology by editors of the Saddleback Community College's student-run newspaper for publishing a commentary that was widely criticized as being anti-Semitic. Only a retraction, or a written admission of error, would lay the issue to rest, the Jewish leaders said.
October 14, 1987 |
The Supreme Court heard lively debate Tuesday on two controversial questions: does the Constitution's guarantee of freedom of the press extend to student journalists and are military contractors immune from suits by servicemen injured or killed by defective products?
April 19, 2000 |
In an escalating controversy over Hong Kong's autonomy, journalists in the territory launched a protest campaign Tuesday over what they said are attempts to curtail press freedom. "We will not be propaganda machines," said a petition circulated by the Hong Kong Journalists Assn. during a 24-hour drive to obtain signatures from local media outlets. The move came after Beijing warned journalists here not to report on viewpoints supporting Taiwanese independence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1989 |
Editors of Saddleback College's student-run newspaper, under fire for publishing an opinion piece that attacks Israel, vowed Wednesday not to bow to pressure for a retraction from administrators and local Jewish leaders who said the article was anti-Semitic. Staff members of the Lariat, however, have agreed, to print a two-paragraph "editor's note" in today's edition of the weekly that expresses "regret (over) any emotional distress (the) commentary and illustration have caused."