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2013 Silha Lecture
The Lessons Of the Pentagon Papers:
Has Obama Learned Them?

The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law was established in 1984 with an endowment from Otto and Helen Silha. Located within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, the Silha Center is the vanguard of the School's interest in the ethical responsibilities and legal rights of the mass media in a democratic society.

The Center focuses on the concepts and values that define the highest ideals of American journalism: freedom and fairness. It honors the importance of these ideals by examining their theoretical and practical applications and by recognizing the interdependence of ethical and legal principles.




 

 

 

Noteworthy Silha Activities:


Symposium Honoring Silha Professor Emeritus Donald M. Gillmor

“How Far from Near? 50 Years of New York Times v. Sullivan in Minnesota and Beyond: A Symposium Honoring the Legacy of Silha Professor Emeritus Donald M. Gillmor.”Donald Gillmor

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cowles Auditorium, 130 Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN
West Bank, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus

RSVP: 612-625-3421, silha@umn.edu

A full schedule of the day's events is available here.

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Professor Jane Kirtley Panelist in Philadelphia Ethics Conference

On October 4, 2013, Professor Jane Kirtley was a panelist at the "Professional Ethics in National Security Law and Politics" conference in Philadelphia, PA.  The conference was sponsored by the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She appeared on Panel 1, "Journalists and National Security Reporting: The Ethics of Leaks."  Additional information about the conference is available online at:
https://www.law.upenn.edu/institutes/cerl/conferences/ethicsnationalsecurity/

 

Professor Jane Kirtley Interviewed on KMSP TV

On July 18, 2013. Professor Jane Kirtley was interviewed by Rob Olson of Fox 9 (KMSP TV) for the "Fox at 5" evening newscast, discussing Rolling Stone's cover with the controversial photograph of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Information about the broadcast is available online at http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/video?clipId=9103584&autoStart=true.

 

Professor Jane Kirtley, SJMC Grad Student Holly Miller Author Front Page Article in Committee News, the Newletter for the American Bar Association's Media, Privacy, and Defamation Law Committee

Professor Jane Kirtley and Holly Miller, a JD/MA candidate in the dual degree program through the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication and its Law School, authored an article entitled, "Media's Quote Approval Practice Raises Ethical and Legal Concerns." The article appeared on the front page of the Winter 2013 edition of Committee News, the Newletter for the American Bar Association's Media, Privacy, and Defamation Law Committee. The newsletter is available here.

Professor Jane Kirtley Quoted in Kyrgyzstan Newspaper

While speaking on a visit to Kyrgyzstan, Professor Kirtley was featured in a two-page article in the Vecherniy Bishkek with a headline which read: “No government can limit free speech.” The article was published in October 2012.

Professor Kirtley interviewed for Vecherniy Bishkek

The entire article is available online at
http://www.vb.kg/doc/203485_professor_djeyn_kirtli:_nikakomy_pravitelstvy_nelzia_ogranichivat_svobody_slova.html

Professor Jane Kirtley appears on TPT's Almanac

September 21, 2012 – Professor Jane Kirtley was a member of the "Media Panel" on TPT's Almanac show, discussing current journalism ethics issues, including the use of the secretly-recorded Romney tape, linking to the "Innocence of Muslims," and The New York Times' new policy prohibiting reporters from granting "quote approval" to sources. The program is available online at: http://www.tpt.org/?a=programs&id=4875

Professor Jane Kirtley speaks at Paris conference sponsored by UNESCO and the World Press Freedom Committee

On February 16, 2012, Professor Jane Kirtley was a speaker on a panel, "International Law After WikiLeaks" at a conference, "The Media World After WikiLeaks and News of the World," sponsored by UNESCO and the World Press Freedom Committee, held at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris, France, on Feb. 16-17, 2012. A video of the event is available online here:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/events/calendar-of-events/events-websites/the-media-world-after-wikileaks-and-news-of-the-world/webcast-recordings/
(Professor Kirtley's presentation appears in the16 February, Part 3 portion, about an hour into the video.)

Professor Jane Kirtley featured on CLA

Professor Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law and Director of the Silha Center at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota was featured on the College of Liberal Arts homepage after speaking on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday about the state of the media in 2011 on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday program.

Professor Jane Kirtley Answers WCCO's Jason Derusha's Good Question:
How Free is Free Speech?

Professor Jane Kirtley Discusses Violent Video Game Ban and Free Speech

Professor Kirtley was on Fox 9 Monday, June 27 discussing the Supreme Court's decision in the "violent videos" case.

That same day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states do not have the right to ban violent video games from children as this would ban the children's rights to free speech. The 2010 Silha Lecture, hosted by the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics & Law, was delivered by Paul Smith, the attorney who represented the video games industry and whose argument prevailed in the case.

News Release

U of M professor Jane Kirtley authors new "Media Law Handbook" for the U.S. State Department

Europe in the News

Away from Democracy and Toward a Dictatorship? Hungary's New Media Law
Featuring Professor Jane E. Kirtley, SilhaProfessor of Media Ethics and Law
February 23, 2011, 2:30pm–3:30pm

Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law and Director of the Silha Center,
on TPT's "Almanac"

Tributes to the late Donald M. Gillmor, founding director of the Silha Center, may be found here.

 

Latest Edition: Silha Bulletin

Bulletin Fall 2013: Volume 19, No. 1

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