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Latest First Amendment News

Press from the First Amendment Center online.

Military cancels contract to profile reporters

U.S. Forces Afghanistan official says Rendon group's work, which critics said involved rating journalists' coverage, had become distraction from main mission.

Fla. jury awards doctor $10 million in libel suit

St. Petersburg Times' parent company says it will appeal ruling in lawsuit stemming from three articles published in 2003.

Pentagon pays company to produce profiles on journalists

But officials deny information is used to decide which reporters travel with U.S. military units in Afghanistan.

Media groups object to Southeastern Conference's credentials policy

Associated Press, Gannett are among organizations that say they won't comply with new game-day media rules.

Pentagon: Media coverage doesn't sway embed choices

Denial comes after Stars and Stripes reports controversial public-relations firm is screening work by journalists seeking to accompany U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

News media can view video in Fla. murder case

But judge says news outlets can't air or distribute surveillance footage taken from home of Byrd and Melanie Billings the night they were killed.

R.I. law allowing private justice draws scrutiny

Statute that allows retired judges to be hired for private trials remained dormant and untested until recently, but now is being examined by state's top court.

Pa. newspaper's stories about drug maker draw lawsuit

Mylan Inc. accuses Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of misappropriating trade secrets by running articles based on internal company documents.

Mo. officials cite security in refusing to release Capitol footage

Newspaper seeks video as part of its probe into whether governor's office played a role in state agency's withholding of report on lake contamination.

Lawyer: Unapproved TV appearances land 'Survivor' winner in jail

Attorney for Richard Hatch, who had been on home confinement as part of tax-evasion conviction, says he was jailed because he didn't have federal officials' permission for two interviews.

Fla. court won't unseal transcripts of secretly recorded tapes

Judge denies man's request to release files from fatal 2001 DUI case, saying recordings of conversations with his former attorney, psychologist were made illegally.

Political columnist Robert Novak dies at 78

Longtime journalist ended up being part of big Washington story when he was first to publish name of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

U.S. detains Pakistani journalist

Immigration officials won't say why they are holding Rahman Bunairee, reporter with Voice of America who has been targeted by Taliban militants.

Fla. newspaper threatens to sue city over reporter's arrest

Police officers handcuffed David Dorsey, who was attempting to interview former NFL star Deion Sanders at youth football game.

Spitzer wiretap materials off-limits to N.Y. Times

By David L. Hudson Jr. Federal wiretap law focus on confidentiality, privacy trumps presumption of disclosure, 2nd Circuit panel rules in prostitution case.

Obama administration asks Court to block photos' release

Administration asks justices not to force disclosure of pictures of detainee abuse for fear of inciting violence.

Rival Kan. newspapers settle federal lawsuit

Southwest Times sued after publisher, other employees left and started their own publication.

Freed U.S. journalist: Our 'nightmare' has ended

Laura Ling and Euna Lee return to U.S., thank former President Clinton, others who worked to secure their release from North Korea.

Pa. judge says $3.5M defamation verdict should be tossed

William Platt recommends that state high court order new trial in lawsuit against newspaper, finds case was tainted by misconduct of two judges at center of unrelated corruption case.

North Korea: 2 U.S. journalists pardoned

Former President Clinton's surprise private mission is to free jailed Americans Euna Lee and Laura Ling, reporters for former Vice President Al Gore's Current TV media.