This section covers access to courts. Courtrooms traditionally have been open to the public, but judges often close proceedings or seal documents when they feel secrecy is justified. This section also covers state and federal laws governing camera coverage of trials.
Digital Journalist's Legal Guide
Everything online journalists need to protect their legal rights. This free resource culls from all Reporters Committee resources and includes exclusive content on digital media law issues.
The Reporters Committee and 25 other media organizations argued to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that its decision to deny standing to a Yale Law School clinic violates the First Amendment, under which access to judicial proceedings is a right that all members of the public share. The brief also argues that the FISA Court should grant motions by the ACLU, MFIAC and ProPublica, Inc. to release more opinions that explain the legal basis of NSA surveillance programs. This brief concerns the same FISA Court opinions as an earlier media coalition brief.)