Addison v. City of Baker City

January 19, 2018

The Reporters Committee and 22 media organizations submitted an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of a former journalist who alleges a city and its police chief retaliated against him after he wrote a column critical of the police department. On appeal, the police chief asserted that the district court was wrong to deny him qualified immunity. The amicus brief argues that First Amendment retaliation claims are critical to journalists, who are at risk of retaliation by government officials because their reporting may be critical of government. The brief also argues that the district court correctly determined that the police chief is not entitled to qualified immunity because a campaign of harassment in retaliation for speech violates the Constitution, and the right to be free from such retaliatory harassment is clearly established.

First Circuit upholds right to record traffic stops

Kevin Delaney | Newsgathering | News | May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston (1st Cir.) recognized last week a First Amendment right to video record a traffic stop that occurs in a public place. The court’s decision allows Carla Gericke to continue a civil rights lawsuit she brought against a New Hampshire police department.

In March of 2010, New Hampshire police charged Gericke with violating a state law that prohibits the unlawful interception of oral communications after Gericke appeared to use her video camera to capture a late-night traffic stop.

Even though prosecutors declined to pursue the charges, Gericke brought a suit claiming her First Amendment right to free expression was violated when the police charged her with illegal wiretapping in response to her decision to videotape the stop.

Supreme Court holds Secret Service agents have immunity in arrest of Cheney critic

Amanda Simmons | Newsgathering | Feature | June 5, 2012
June 5, 2012

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a Colorado man who claimed he was retaliated against for expressing his political opposition toward then Vice President Dick Cheney cannot sue U.S. Secret Service agents who believed they had probable cause to arrest him.

Afghan journalism student appeals death sentence

Jennifer Koons | Newsgathering | Quicklink | May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008

Sayad Parwez Kambaksh, an Afghani journalism student who was sentenced to death in January for  for handing out a so-called anti-Islamic paper that he found on the Internet, told an appeals court on Sunday that his confession was the result of torture.

Spitzer may have lied in dismissing role in records disclosure

Scott Albright | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | April 1, 2008
April 1, 2008

The Associated Press reports that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer may have lied to federal investigators about his role in the disclosure of a political rival's travel records.

EPA fires back at Waxman with document requests of its own

Amy Harder | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | March 20, 2008
March 20, 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency responded to various document requests that Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has been seeking from the agency with a records request of its own regarding interviews that Waxman himself conducted.

Iran sentences reporter to death on terrorism charge

Jennifer Koons | Newsgathering | Quicklink | February 19, 2008
February 19, 2008

Iran announced today that it had sentenced journalist Yaghoob Mirnehad to death for his alleged role in a terrorism organization, the Associated Press reports.

Mirnehad worked for a Tehran-based daily newspaper, Mardomsalari, in the southeastern part of the country. He was arrested last May.

Ali Reza Jamshidi, a spokesman for Iran's judiciary, said Mirnehad could appeal his sentence to Iran's Supreme Court.

Sheriff reacts to negative coverage with delayed FOIA responses

Amy Harder | Freedom of Information | Feature | February 8, 2008
February 8, 2008

A Michigan county sheriff’s office will no longer release information in a routine fashion after the Argus-Press published an article criticizing the department, the newspaper says.

Afghan journalism student sentenced to death

Jennifer Koons | Newsgathering | Quicklink | January 23, 2008
January 23, 2008

On Tuesday, a 23-year-old journalism student was sentenced to death in Afghanistan for handing out a paper he found on the Internet, which the court considered to be against Islam.

Sayad Parwez Kambaksh shared the paper with his teacher and fellow students at Balkh University, and several classmates complained to local authorities.

Federal court refuses to toss reporter's retaliation suit

Matthew Pollack | Newsgathering | Quicklink | January 8, 2008
January 8, 2008

The First Amendment Center reports that a federal trial court in Virginia refused to grant summary judgment for a county school board who barred a reporter from school property. Earl F.