Arkansas School District Allows The Re-Publication Of Student Newspaper Article

28 Feb

On December 6, 2018 an article titled “Arkansas Student Newspaper Overcomes Censorship Dispute” was posted to the First Amendment Watch website. According to the article there was a dispute between a school district and a high school newspaper organization about an article they posted. The article discussed a controversial topic at the time. Six students […]

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Wants Important Libel Case to be Reevaluated

28 Feb

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has called on the Supreme Court to reevaluate it’s decision in the Times vs. Sullivan libel case from 1964. This case set the standard for libel limitations for public figures. This ruling developed the idea of ‘actual malice’ and that it had to be proven to be libelous. This makes it […]

Massachusetts Wiretap Statue has been Declared Unconstitutional

28 Feb

The recent news event I’m choosing to discuss is the Massachusetts law prohibiting secret audio recordings of government official and police. (https://firstamendmentwatch.org/massachusetts-law-prohibiting-secret-audio-recordings-of-government-officials-and-police-ruled-unconstitutional/). I picked this event because it’s been highly controversial and it seems to a newer issue in many cases in the state of Massachusetts. Cases similar to the ones mentioned are common in other […]

Family of Nicholas Sandmann, suing Washington Post

28 Feb

On January 19, 2019, students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky took a field trip to Washington D.C for an anti-abortion rally. While at the capital, Covington students encountered 68-year old, Native-American activist, Nathan Phillips. Phillips faced the students of Covington while he chanted and played an ethnic, Native-American drum. The students, faced Williams, […]

16-Year old’s Family Sues the Washington Post for $250 Million

28 Feb

On January 18th, the Covington Catholic High School attended the March for Life anti-abortion rally during a school trip. On that field trip were kids wearing Make America Great Again hats. While waiting for their buses a group of students was encountered by Nathan Phillips who is a Native American, a veteran and an activist. Phillips […]

The Washington Post is Being Sued for $250 million – why?

27 Feb

In a media driven world, news organizations are constantly aching to be the first outlet to release a story. For some cases, first place doesn’t always get the prize. Announced days ago, parents of a Kentucky teenager are suing the Washington Post for $250 million. The grounds for this lawsuit are rooted in the Post’s […]

Supreme Court Justice Calls to Revisit Landmark 1st Amendment Case

27 Feb

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has recently called on the court to reconsider a ruling in the case New York Times vs. Sullivan, an important ruling that makes it difficult for public figures to win in libel cases. The supreme court ruled on the case of New York Times vs Sullivan in 1964 after a […]

Federal Appeals Court Blocks San Francisco Requirement For Health Warning On Soda Ads

27 Feb

The website First Amendment watch recently covered a blocked court appeal in San Francisco where the local government attempted to impose a requirement to include a health warning on soda labels. The label was intended to promote healthier choices and warn consumers against the health risks associated with drinking beverages with added sugars. The warning […]

Can Bezos pin “Extortion and Blackmail” on National Enquirer?

27 Feb

Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post and the CEO of Amazon. He is currently accusing a media outlet called America Media, Inc. of blackmail and extortion within a blog post he wrote after they invaded his privacy. What caused Bezos to post this and the reason he is now pursuing the situation in […]

Wisconsin District Court upholds a standard for social media as a public forum

27 Feb

According to First Amendment Watch, three Republican legislators in Wisconsin were recently found guilty of violating the First Amendment in federal court. Wisconsin State Assembly members Jesse Kramer, John Nygren, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos blocked liberal group One Wisconsin Now on the social media platform Twitter, prompting the group to file a lawsuit against […]