May 28, 1987 |
As political cartoons go, it was fairly mild. "A harmless, innocent joke," the man who published it said. It appeared on the cover of Ananda Vikadan, a popular Tamil-language weekly magazine, and it showed two greasy-haired, shifty-eyed men seated on a stage. A man in the audience, speaking to a friend, provided the caption: "The one who looks like a pickpocket is a state assemblyman. The one who looks like an armed robber is a state minister."
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October 9, 2009 |
Media law experts and journalism groups expressed outrage Thursday that Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies obtained phone records from a notable Hollywood gossip journalist during a leak investigation, calling the action a serious violation of the reporter's rights. Several said they believed that sheriff's investigators violated state and federal law when they obtained a search warrant for the records of TMZ founder Harvey Levin as they tried to identify who gave him details about Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade during a 2006 drunk-driving arrest.
August 1, 2004 |
A generation ago, media lawyers could invoke the words "1st Amendment" and "prior restraint" confident that judges would agree that their news organizations had a constitutional right to publish truthful information about newsworthy matters. These days, media lawyers say the same words, but they are not so confident that judges will agree with them. The Kobe Bryant case in Colorado is only the latest in which judges did what was once nearly unthinkable.
September 29, 1993 |
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will rule on whether the First Amendment forbids the government from determining what channels a cable company must carry. At issue is the 1992 Cable TV Act, in which Congress generally required local cable operators to carry the signals of all the broadcast stations in their area. The law was passed in response to consumers' anger over rising rates and spotty service.
December 2, 1989 |
A judge put off until Wednesday a hearing on an order that he issued barring The Times from publishing information about security measures installed at the home of San Diego County Sheriff John Duffy. San Diego Superior Court Judge Jeffrey T. Miller refused, after a closed meeting Friday in chambers with lawyers for The Times and for Duffy, to lift the order that he issued late Thursday.
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August 5, 2006 |
Attorneys for two reporters, who face jail if they refuse to reveal who gave them secret testimony on the use of steroids by star athletes, argued Friday that hamstringing the press' ability to gather news would harm the public interest more than the leak did.
March 17, 1992 |
A special Senate counsel investigating news leaks on Monday subpoenaed telephone records of the two reporters who broke the story last fall of Anita Faye Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. The two reporters and their news organizations, Timothy Phelps of Newsday and Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio, argued that the new order violates the First Amendment rights of a free press and is a politically dangerous abuse of senatorial power.
April 13, 2004 |
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, responding to complaints over a federal marshal's erasing of journalists' tape recordings last week, said he regretted the incident and sent a letter of apology to the two reporters. "The action was not taken at my direction. I was as upset as you were," Scalia said in a letter sent Friday to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
September 20, 1994 |
Rarely a week goes by when the little newsstand opposite Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City does not receive a new Arabic-language newspaper or magazine seeking a place amid the tumult of the Palestinian press. " Dakakim-- shop windows," Dana, the aged vendor, said dismissively as he hung up the newest publications for display. "They are nothing but shop windows for this group or that. They are published to sell a point of view, and people look but rarely buy.
July 9, 1991 |
Argentina by what its newspapers report, you might think it is a country of military unrest, economic insecurity, drug problems and corruption. But if much of the big news is bad news here these days, it testifies to an unfettered press that freely reflects a nation's struggle to reconcile its unruly impulses with a recognized need for democratic order and economic stability. Take corruption, a recurring theme this year in the Argentine press.