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In June 2013, Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been conducting widespread surveillance on the communications of Americans and foreigners. Continue reading.
On May 13, 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that European citizens retain the right to have online search results deleted that link to information about themselves. Continue reading.
On July 29, 2014, after six days of deliberation, a federal jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.845 million in his lawsuit against American Sniper author Chris Kyle’s estate. Continue reading.
On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held that law enforcement officers are required to obtain a warrant before searching an arrested individual’s cell phone data. Continue reading.
On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in McCullen v. Coakley, which held that a Massachusetts statute establishing protest buffer zones around abortion clinics violated the First Amendment’s guarantees of free speech. Continue reading.
On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Aereo Inc.’s online services, which provided customers with broadcast television programming over the Internet, infringed on the exclusive right of television broadcasters to provide those broadcasts to the public under the Copyright Act of 1976. Continue reading.
On June 24, 2014, Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the now-defunct News of the World, was acquitted of all charges related to a British phone hacking scandal that prompted public inquiries, parliamentary hearings, and investigations as well as revealing many of the inner-workings of British tabloid newsrooms. Continue reading.
In the summer of 2014, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear two different cases raising issues about whether the First Amendment provides a reporter’s privilege which would allow journalists to refuse to disclose the names of confidential sources as well as other information when called to testify in court. Continue reading.
During the summer of 2014, journalists around the world faced significant threats of arrest, jailing, and the loss of their lives. Continue reading.
On May 20, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, request by the National Security Archive (the Archive) seeking records concerning the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) account of the April 17, 1961 “Bay of Pigs” invasion was protected by Exemption 5 (5 U.S.C. § 552 (b) (5)). Continue reading.
Editor’s note: On April 23, 2014, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law hosted “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.” Continue reading.