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Bulletin Archive

Spring 2008

Bulletin Spring 2008

Top Story

‘Preferred Position?’ The Reporter’s Privilege in the 21st Century and Beyond
Is there any institution the American public loves to hate more than the news media? Continue reading


Federal ‘Sunshine’ Laws Move Closer to Passage
Two “sunshine” bills designed to make federal courts more open to the public by providing for cameras in courtrooms and reducing the number of sealed cases and settlements continued their journey through Congress when the Senate Committee on the Judiciary approved both bills on March 6, 2008. Continue reading

Revised MLB Press Credential Agreement ‘may be satisfactory’
The Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) accepted Major League Baseball’s credential agreement April 8, 2008 after nearly six weeks of negotiations concerning game photos and video clips posted on the Internet. Continue reading

Media Ethics

Times’ Story about Military Analysts Makes Ripples, Not Waves
An April 20, 2008 New York Times story revealed that the Pentagon encouraged so­called military analysts to put a positive spin on news coverage of the Iraq war. Continue reading

Los Angeles Times Retracts Story Based on Fake Documents
A Los Angeles Times story published in March 2008 that purported to have new information about a 1994 attack that helped launch a bloody bicoastal war among high­profile rappers was found to be based on faked FBI documents and questionable sources, embarrassing the newspaper as it retracted and apologized for the story. Continue reading

New Media

Federal Court Decisions Add Uncertainty to Internet Law
Two spring 2008 cases asked federal courts to interpret a law designed to limit the liability for Internet service providers when their users engage in prohibited speech online in the context of federal fair housing standards. Continue reading

Federal Court Upholds Rejection of Minnesota Video Game Law
On March 17, 2008, a three­judge panel of the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a Minnesota federal district judge’s ruling that a Minnesota law banning minors from renting or purchasing violent video games is unconstitutional. Continue reading

International Media/Endangered Journalists

China: Prelude to Olympics and Crisis in Tibet Elicit Criticism and Nationalism
Controversy has flared during the prelude to the 2008 Beijing Olympic games as free press advocacy groups have criticized China’s human rights record on media and free speech restrictions. Continue reading

Jailed Journalists Freed in Iraq and Zimbabwe; Reuters Cameraman Killed by Israeli Missile in Gaza
Iraqi Associated Press (AP) photographer Bilal Hussein was released by American military officials on April 14, 2008 after two years of imprisonment for allegedly working with insurgents in Iraq. Continue reading

Student Media

Daily NebraskanStory Draws Governor’s Office Ire; Federal Judge Finds Virginia Alcohol Ad Restrictions Unconstitutional
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s office considered banning Daily Nebraskan reporters from his press conferences and excluding the student newspaper from a media e­mail list after it revealed in an April 3, 2008 story that a convicted murderer participating in a work­release program is a tour guide at the governor’s mansion. Continue reading


U.K. Appeals Court Overturns Restaurant Review Libel Ruling
The Court of Appeal for Northern Ireland overturned a £25,000 jury award March 10, 2008 for a Belfast restaurant owner who claimed he had been defamed by an unflattering restaurant review in the Irish News. Continue reading

Silha News

Forum Explores Journalistic Independence, War and Politics
According to Edward Wasserman, rather than strive to act independently, journalists should fi nd the “ethically permissible” conflicts of interest among contemporary journalism’s necessary dependencies and obligations. Continue reading