The News Media and The Law, Winter 2013

Winter 2013
Vol. 37, No. 1

Disclosure of gun permits leads to backlash on access

 EDITORIAL

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

 COVER

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

 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

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

 NEWSGATHERING

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

 REPORTER'S PRIVILEGE

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

 REPORTER'S PRIVILEGE

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

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

 SECRET COURTS

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