The News Media and The Law, Winter 2013

Winter 2013
Vol. 37, No. 1

Disclosure of gun permits leads to backlash on access


Bulk data — whether gun records or anything else — must remain accessible


In wake of Journal News publishing gun permit holder maps, nation sees push to limit access to gun records

Already, less than a dozen states make gun permit data public


Chart: Gun permit data accessibility in all 50 states

Reporting on gun permit data

Governments continue to come up with new ways to prevent access to records

How FOIA treats personal email messages used to conduct official business

How I got the story: Judy Walton

Times Free Press reporter uses records in investigation of drug task force, district attorney; prompts state investigation


Could American press ever be subject to a stateside equivalent of the Leveson Inquiry?

Hawaii follows in California’s footsteps in proposing new anti-paparazzi law

Rocker Steven Tyler leads charge


Obama administration plugs up leaks

Kiriakou is first CIA agent jailed for speaking to press

The six federal employees charged under the Espionage Act

Deciding when to publish


Diverting the avalanche of leaks: a (temporary) win for responsible news coverage


"Central Park Five" subpoena quashed after filmmakers prove their independence

Ken Burns subpoena case provides perspective on how to interpret troubling Chevron case


For journalists, STOCK Act could lead down troubling path


Meet the Reporters Committee’s new executive director: Bruce Brown

Organization to begin litigation, pursue technology partnerships; magazine to move to tablet format

Asked & Answered

The Reporters Committee attorneys discuss questions about recent issues in media law.

"Open & Shut"

A collection of notable quotations

Sources and Citations