First Amendment News

First Amendment News

The Newseum, where I worked as part of its First Amendment Center, will close at the end of 2019. In that regard, I asked one of my colleagues, Paul Sparrow, to write a few words about the Newseum and its history. I also invited another one of my colleagues, Paul McMasters, to prepare a follow-up... Read more Read more


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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Announces Knight Foundation Grant:  The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $10 million in the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. This grant comes as part of the Foundation’s pledge to double its commitment to strengthening journalism to $300 million over the next five years. “To... Read more Read more


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This is the second installment of a two-part essay by Robert Corn-Revere. The first part of the essay was titled “Can the President Treat the Press as the Enemy of the People?” (FAN 201.2). ___________ The Retaliator in Chief: The Case Against Donald J. Trump by Robert Corn-Revere The Office of the President and the press have an... Read more Read more


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By Lee Levine and Stephen Wermiel There are any number of obvious responses to Justice Clarence Thomas’s misguided assertion in McKee v. Cosby (2019) that New York Times v. Sullivan (1964) ought to be overruled. They include the overwhelming academic consensus applauding the decision both at the time and thereafter; the proper role of original intent in... Read more Read more


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Last month, Lisa S. Blatt, counsel of record, filed a cert. petition in Knox v. Pennsylvania. The issue in that case is: “This case raises a critically important and frequently recurring First Amendment question that has intractably divided federal courts of appeals and state high courts: whether, to establish that a statement is an unprotected ‘true threat,’... Read more Read more


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On October 16, 2018, PEN America, an association of writers and other literary and media professionals, filed suit against President Donald Trump. The suit challenged his persistent use of threats and retaliatory acts against the press as a violation of the First Amendment. An amended complaint in that action was filed on February 6, 2019,... Read more Read more


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Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) has introduced a bill (H.R. 936) to limit the reach of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010). As reported by Josh Kurtz in Maryland Matters, the bill would: [P]revent corporate expenditures for political campaigns unless the corporation has established a process for determining the political will of its majority... Read more Read more


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Justice Thomas Targets Sullivan (McKee v. Cosby, Jr., Feb. 19, 2019, concurring opinion re denial of cert.). Here are a few excerpts from that opinion: “New York Times [v. Sullivan] and the Court’s decisions extending it were policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law.” “We did not begin meddling in this area until 1964, nearly 175 years after... Read more Read more


First Amendment News

Welcome back to First Amendment News (FAN), the weekly update of news concerning freedom of speech, press, assembly, and petition. FAN’s first issue was posted on February 10, 2014. Since then, 200 regularly scheduled weekly issues of FAN were posted on the Concurring Opinions website. (You can read the last post here.) Starting with the next... Read more Read more


First Amendment News

First Amendment News (FAN) is a weekly blog by Ronald K. L. Collins. FAN maintains editorial independence from FIRE as Collins maintains full control over its content. Previously hosted on Concurring Opinions, FAN takes a look at all news related to free expression and represents the views and interests of Mr. Collins. Collins is the... Read more Read more



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