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March 17, 1985
The government has put into effect the most restrictive policies on the release of government information since wartime censorship ended in 1945, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press said. "The Reagan Administration's policies are causing the most significant media access restrictions on government information since the end of voluntary censorship in World War II," the group said.
February 17, 2001 | Associated Press
The Secret Service has been accused of trampling on the free speech rights of a college student who wrote a satirical editorial asking Jesus to "smite" President Bush. The letter was published last week in the Stony Brook Press at the State University of New York campus in Stony Brook. It was written by Glenn Given, 22, the paper's managing editor. The headline read, "Editorial: Dear Jesus Christ, King of all Kings, All I ask is that you smite George W. Bush."
November 20, 2001 | Bill Shaikin
Five journalism advocacy organizations are asking a Florida state appeals court to declare unconstitutional a law limiting access to autopsy photos. The Florida state legislature passed the law in March, weeks after the death of NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt in a final-lap crash in the season-opening Daytona 500. The groups' brief, filed with the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach on Monday, supports the University of Florida student newspaper's attempt to have the law struck down.
August 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Jack Landau, 74, a founder of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, died Aug. 9 of complications from emphysema at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. The committee, a Washington-based legal defense and research center for reporters, was created in 1970, when the nation's news media were facing increasing government subpoenas demanding that reporters name confidential sources. Landau, a reporter-lawyer covering the U.S. Supreme Court for the Newhouse News Service, was an early member of the steering committee and was quickly appointed executive director, a post he held until 1985.
August 29, 2001 | From Associated Press
Lawyers and news executives Tuesday questioned whether the Justice Department met rigorous legal requirements before taking the rare step of secretly obtaining the home phone records of an Associated Press reporter. The Justice Department had a legal obligation to take a number of investigative steps before subpoenaing the phone records of reporter John Solomon, they said.
March 17, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
Despite the end of the Cold War, the Bush Administration is "obsessed" with manipulating government informaton and exposing those who make unauthorized disclosures, a media group charged Monday in its annual report on government disclosure policies. "This Administration continues to be obsessed with ferreting out leakers, dictating standards for expressive activities and manipulating the presentation of government information," said Jane E.
August 29, 2011 | By Lucy Dalglish
"What transpires in the court room is public property. " Writing those words in 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a principle so intrinsic to our national character that it predates the Declaration of Independence. America's founders believed that justice was facilitated by openness. In 1774, the first Continental Congress specifically stated that trials should occur "in open court, before as many of the people as choose to attend. " Their reasoning was that public openness would ensure the honesty of judges, witnesses and jurors, who could not "injure [the defendant]
September 21, 1985 | (UPI)
A federal appeals court, in a major blow to the news media, ruled Friday that there is no First Amendment right entitling the public to instant access to documents in a civil trial. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected claims by a reporters' advocacy group that judges cannot categorically seal documents during civil proceedings without first determining the need for secrecy.
March 22, 1989 | From United Press International
The Supreme Court ruled today that FBI "rap sheets" containing arrest and conviction records on more than 24 million people cannot be released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. The justices, in a unanimous opinion written by Justice John Paul Stevens, reversed a lower court ruling that held that the data generally is subject to FOIA disclosure rules.
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