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Center for Investigative Reporting v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

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  1. Content Restrictions

The Reporters Committee and 20 media organizations filed an amicus brief in Center for Investigative Reporting v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA).  The case concerns SEPTA’s advertising policy prohibiting advertisements that espouse a viewpoint on political, economic, social, historical, or religious issues. Under the policy, SEPTA rejected CIR’s advertisement promoting CIR’s reporting on racial disparities in mortgage lending.  The district court struck down the policy as-written, but ordered SEPTA to amend the policy and upheld the amended policy as constitutional.  CIR appealed to the Third Circuit.  The amicus brief argues that the SEPTA policy could prohibit advertisements by not just CIR, but other news media, that the SEPTA policy is unreasonable, unconstitutionally vague, and tantamount to a heckler’s veto.