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.
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:
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 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.
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.
The entire article is available online at
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
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:
(Professor Kirtley's presentation appears in the16 February, Part 3 portion, about an hour into the video.)
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 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.
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
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This issue of the Silha Bulletin features several articles on data
privacy prepared by research attorney Jason Steck, J.D. (University of Minnesota
Law School, class of 2012) and Silha Center Research Assistant Alex Vlisides
under the supervision of Silha Professor Jane Kirtley. These articles will also
appear, in a slightly different form, in “Global Privacy and Advertising
Developments,” a chapter in the three-volume course handbook for the Practising
Law Institute’s Communications Law in the Digital Age 2013 conference.
The PLI conference takes place Nov. 14-15, 2013 in New York City, where
Professor Kirtley will be the principal speaker for the panel discussion on
these and related topics.
The Silha Center is very grateful to Jason and Alex for sharing the product of their hard work and expertise with readers of this issue of the Silha Bulletin.
Jane E. Kirtley,
Silha Professor and Silha Center Director
On June 5, 2013, the Guardian newspaper published the first in a series of articles disclosing massive data gathering efforts by the U.S. National Security Agency (ASA). Continue reading.