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Bulletin Summer 2014: Volume 19, No. 3

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Fallout from NSA Surveillance Continues One Year After Snowden Revelations

Cover Story

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.

European Union High Court Holds That Citizens Have the “Right to be Forgotten” from Internet Searches

International News

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.

Jesse Ventura Awarded $1.8 Million for Libel and Unjust Enrichment


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.

Supreme Court Says Warrants are Required to Search Cell Phone Data; Possible Implications for NSA Telephony Metadata Collection


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.

Supreme Court Strikes State Law Creating Speech Buffer Zones Near Abortion Clinics

Freedom of Speech

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.

Supreme Court Rules Aereo Inc.’s Television Streaming Service Violates Copyright Law


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.

Verdicts Arrive in Phone Hacking Trial that Exposed Questionable Practices of British Tabloid

Media Ethics

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.

Update: U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Reporter’s Privilege Cases

Reporter’s Privilege

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.

Journalists Arrested During Protests in Missouri; Journalists Abroad Face Dire Situations

Endangered Journalists

During the summer of 2014, journalists around the world faced significant threats of arrest, jailing, and the loss of their lives. Continue reading.

Court Rules Final Volume of CIA’s “Bay of Pigs” Historical Record May Be Withheld


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.

Near, Sullivan and the Management of Dissent in American Society

Gillmor Tribute

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.