August 1, 2012

Summary of statute(s): Indiana bars the recording or interception of any telephonic or electronic communication by means of any mechanical or electronic device without the consent of at least one party to the conversation. The state also prohibits disclosure of images intercepted in violation of its video voyeurism law. Violators can face both civil and criminal penalties.


May 1, 2012


Indiana court reversed order to identify anonymous posters

Andrea Papagianis | Privacy | Feature | February 23, 2012
February 23, 2012

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's decision ordering The Indianapolis Star to reveal the identity of an anonymous commenter who was sued for defamation for comments made on the newspaper’s website.

In the ruling, the court said it weighed the First Amendment rights of the anonymous commenter versus the possible harm caused by the allegedly derogatory statements the commenter made on the website against the former head of a non-profit organization who filed the defamation suit.

Ind. media ordered to reveal idenities of website posters

Rachel Costello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | March 3, 2011
March 3, 2011

A Marion County, Ind., court ruled that news outlets can be ordered to disclose identifying information about those who post anonymously on the news outlets' websites.

MTV hands over subpoenaed reality show footage

Rosemary Lane | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | November 15, 2010
November 15, 2010

The Anderson, Ind., police department served a subpoena to MTV last week for extended footage of the reality series "Teen Mom," which allegedly depicts a woman abusing her ex-fiancé.

MTV turned over unedited footage of one of the reality show's teen moms, Amber Portwood, 20. Portwood is shown in one clip repeatedly slapping, punching and kicking her ex-fiancé Gary Shirley, 23, in front of their daughter.

Muncie mayor tells city workers not to talk to the press

Kathleen Cullinan | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | August 15, 2008
August 15, 2008

The mayor of Muncie, Ind. has clamped down on city employees who would speak to reporters, issuing a memo banning such talk without her approval.

Jury awards $1.5 million in newspaper libel suit

Kathleen Cullinan | Libel | Quicklink | July 29, 2008
July 29, 2008

An Indiana newspaper will have to fork over $1.5 million in damages after losing a libel suit brought by a local sheriff's deputy.

Judge vacates dismissal of libel suit against Indiana TV station

Stacey Laskin | Libel | Feature | June 24, 2008
June 24, 2008

A libel suit against an Indiana TV station has been revived after a docket mishap surfaced, leading the judge to decide he'd acted too quickly to dismiss the case.

The plaintiff, CanaRX Services, a Canadian pharmacy-benefits company, had earlier applied for an extended deadline to respond to WISH-TV's motion to dismiss under the state's anti-SLAPP statute. But the deadline extension got lost in the docketing system, Indiana Southern District Judge Larry McKinney wrote in his order vacating the dismissal. 

Libel suit dismissed under Indiana's anti-SLAPP statute

Stacey Laskin | Libel | Feature | June 10, 2008
June 10, 2008

 A federal judge has dismissed a defamation suit filed against an Indianapolis TV station for an in-depth report on Internet pharmacies, including a Canadian pharmacy-benefits company, CanaRX Services, Inc., which filed the action.

Voter registration rep charged in fight with reporter

Corinna Zarek | Newsgathering | Quicklink | April 11, 2008
April 11, 2008

An Indiana voter-registration deputy was charged with misdemeanor battery after "fisticuffs" April 9 with a reporter for The Star Press [Muncie]. According to the Associated Press, witnesses said the 56-year-old deputy shoved the reporter in the hallway of a county building and then hit a state congressional candidate who tried to intervene.