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Las Vegas Review-Journal and Associated Press v. Eighth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada

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A Nevada district court judge ordered the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Associated Press to refrain from reporting on and…

A Nevada district court judge ordered the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Associated Press to refrain from reporting on and to destroy copies of an anonymized autopsy report obtained through a public records request. The news outlets filed a petition for a writ of prohibition or mandamus in the Nevada Supreme Court to dissolve the prior restraint, and the Reporters Committee, along with the Nevada Press Association, filed a proposed amicus brief in support of that petition. The brief explains the significant news value in reporting on anonymized autopsy reports and the dangerous nature of the district court’s gag order, which erroneously elevates purported privacy concerns over long-established First Amendment protections. The brief also focuses on the implications of the gag order for journalists and other members of the public who request records under the Nevada Public Records Act.

2018-02-14-Las-Vegas-Review-Journal-v-Eighth-Judicial-Dist.pdf