The News Media and The Law, Fall 1999

Fall 1999
Vol. 23, No. 4

Fraud award thrown out in Food Lion case

 

 

Putting Food Lion in perspective

Libel

 

Food Lion fraud award against ABC thrown out

 

Wiretap law beats First Amendment challenge

 

$10 million libel judgment overturned

 

Reporter had no doubt about the truth of drug story

 

Governor signs 'video voyeurism' measure into law

 

ABC not liable in taping of 'telepsychics'

 

Lawsuit documents privileged even if known to be false

Freedom of Information

 

High court to decide three records access cases

 

Reclamation bureau must release writings in dam dispute

 

New law requires review of declassification decisions

 

Agencies allowed to establish own policies for the deletion of electronic records

 

'Attorney work product' not exempt

 

Newsroom search request must be processed

 

'Comp time' records for state employees must be disclosed

 

Federal law does not require release of drug testing data

 

Information only public if 'used' in decision-making process

 

Congressional restriction on medical marijuana vote unconstitutional

Reporter's Privilege

 

Sources disclosed by reporter, spouse loses job

 

Court reaffirms qualified reporter's privilege for nonconfidential information

Content Regulation

 

Public radio station can exclude candidates from debate

 

'Personal attack,' 'political editorial' rules challenge goes back to FCC

 

Freelancers win battle over electronic republication rights of their works

 

State election laws on political ad reporting apply across state lines

Secret Courts

 

Starr's office did not breach grand jury secrecy rules

 

University official allowed to confiscate student yearbook

 

Speech claim over gag order against police chief reinstated

 

Prosecutor's rejection of request for Tripp records upheld

 

Closed courtroom prompts new trial

 

Access to records cannot be denied over general 'embarrassment'

 

Courts issue temporary prior restraints against publishers

Newsgathering

 

More states move to limit access to prisoners

 

Journalists jailed in Malaysia, detained by Indonesian soldiers

 

 

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