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Fall 2010

Fall 2010

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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs California's Ban on Violent Video Game Sales

Cover Story

Silha lecturer Paul Smith urges justices to find state law unconstitutional. Continue reading

Director's Note: The WikiLeaks Quandary, and a Welcome

Director's Note

As the Bulletin goes to press, Julian Assange, the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, is in custody in the United Kingdom. He faces extradition to Sweden to answer questions regarding alleged sex offenses. Assange, his lawyers, and his many supporters claim that the charges are simply a pretext to silence the controversial distributor of thousands of classified documents, including, in late November 2010, embarrassing U.S. embassy cables. Continue reading

2010 Midterm Election Ads Spark Lawsuits; Journalists' Contributions Raise Ethical Questions

Media and Politics

The midterm elections of 2010 saw a variety of issues involving media ethics and law: lawsuits and threatened lawsuits over campaign ads, a reporter detained by private security guards, and a revived discussion about whether reporters and other news commentators should make political contributions. Continue reading

Courts, Officials Answer Questions Raised by Digital Communication and Public Records

Public Records

E-mail 'metadata' is public in Washington; recordkeeping rules apply to social media for federal agencies. Continue reading

Congress Revokes New FOIA Exemption for Securities and Exchange CommissionFreedom of Information

Freedom of Information

On Oct. 4, 2010, President Barack Obama signed House Resolution 5924, the SEC Freedom of Information Restoration Act, into law. The new law repeals ยง 929I of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which had exempted the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from complying with certain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Continue reading

Federal and State Courts Consider Proposals to Permit Cameras in Trial Proceedings

Cameras in Courtrooms

Judges from the U.S. Supreme Court to Minnesota remain divided over issue of access. Continue reading

The Media and the Military: Guantanamo Access Rules Loosened; Other Guidelines Set to Limit Leaks


Meanwhile, the Pentagon and the C.I.A. sue authors over books. Continue reading

Access Limited after California Pipeline Explosion


Police keep reporters out; utility company cites security concerns in withholding records. Continue reading

Updates: Punishments for Music Copyright Infringers


Thomas-Rasset faces million-dollar damages; judge shuts down LimeWire. Continue reading

Law Firm's Approach to Protecting News Media Copyrights Raises Eyebrows


Righthaven pursues bloggers and other Internet users who republish content. Continue reading

Journalism Suffers amid Drug Wars in Mexico

International Press Freedom

Journalists are skeptical about government solutions. Continue reading

International Courts Favor Newsgathering Rights

Internation Press Freedom

Rulings in two foreign courts--the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Canadian Supreme Court--favored journalists' rights to protect confidential sources in fall 2010. Continue reading

Journalists Question Implications of Covering Quran Burning and NYC Muslim Community Center

Media Ethics

Media sought ways to report on controversy without perpetuating it. Continue reading