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New England First Amendment Coalition November, 2010
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The Oregonian October 27, 2010
The Boston Channel (WCVB TV) October 21, 2010
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The Portland Press Herald October 5, 2010
New Jersey Star-Ledger September 16, 2010
USA Today September 16, 2010
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New England Business Journal August 3, 2010
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Fox News May 28, 2010
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Amherst Bulletin May 28, 2010
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Amherst Bulletin May 28, 2010
Worcester Telegram & Gazette March 10, 2010
>>Now, City Wants its Money Back
The Salem News March 29, 2010
Nonprofit Quarterly March 22, 2010
South Coast Today March 7, 2010
Eagle-Tribune March 2, 2010
The Hartford Courant February 17, 2010
>>Water Development Task Force Meeting Agendas Were Hidden From Public
Enterprise News February 11, 2010
>>For Second Time in a Month, Enterprise and Lawyer Jonathon Albano Win a Case
South Coast Today February 10, 2010
>> D.A. Orders Records Made Public
Rutland Herald February 10, 2010
>>Files Were Sealed by a Complaint Judge on the Flimsiest of Excuses
Media Law February 8, 2010
>>Journalists Urged to respond to Committee Survey; DOWNLOAD SURVEY HERE
Providence Journal February 2, 2010
>>Town Has Kept Councilman Waiting Since August
New Haven Advocate February 10, 2010
>>Fired Inmate Worker Triggers Information Rampage
New Haven AdvocateFebruary 8, 2010
>>Powerful Auto Lobby Pushes Bill to the House
Proposal on CT Notices Imperils Public’s Right to Know
New Britain Herald February 8, 2010
>>Legislature Moving Public Notices From Newspapers to the Internet
The Telegraph February 7, 2010
>>New Hampshire Supreme Court Forces Local Government Center to Release a List of Employee Salaries
Connecticut Newspapers Join in Fight to Protect Public Access
New Britain Herald February 3, 2010
>>Awareness Campaign Tries to Keep Public Notices in Newspaper
The Berkman Center for Internet and Society February 1, 2010
Bedford Journal Janurary 29, 2010
>> The First Time any Moderator in New Hampshire has Provided the Community with a Direct Access by the Internet
Boston Globe December 31, 2009
>>Court Says Governmental Bodies Can’t Circumvent Law with Private Emails
Associated Press Janurary 29, 2010
>>Chief Justice Says Public Access Means Scrutiny of Wages paid to Particular Job Titles
>>Police Chief Redacts Internal Affairs Files, Thwarting Mass. General Law
Bangor Daily News Janurary 25, 2010
Hartford Business Journal Janurary 25, 2010
Boston Globe December 30, 2009
>> Weak law does little to push candidates
Nieman Journalism Lab November 19, 2009
Hidden Emails a Continuing Embarrassment for Mayor Menino
>> Read Boston Globe Coverage
The Boston Globe October 6, 2009
>>Several newspapers seeking the release of more than 12,000 pages from 23 sexual assault lawsuits against six priests
The Boston Globe July 18, 2009
>> Church has fought a public accounting of sexual assaults by priests since 2002
The Herald News July 17, 2009
>>Members picked new school superintendent in private
NENPA July 2, 2009
>> Maine, NH and Vt ranked near bottom in national survey
The Patriot Ledger June 18, 2009
June 26, 2009
>> Law weakens penalties for violators
Media Nation June 25, 2009
>>City says new building is “private property”
Commonwealth of Massachusetts June 25, 2009
The Boston Globe May 15, 2009
>>Civil liberties union of Massachusetts wins lawsuit
Kennebec Journal April 10, 2009
The Tri-Town Transcript Feb. 24, 2009
>> E-mails exchanged between health board members constitute Open Meeting law violation
The Springfield Republican Feb. 23, 2009
>>Residents wait to see if process to chose the city’s next chief financial overseer will fall under the state’s Open Meeting Law
The Hartford Courant Feb. 13, 2009
>>Connecticut’s Victim Advocate wants even more documents made exempt to public records disclosure
The Boston Globe Feb. 8, 2009
>>Rep. Cabral’s bill is a good start to public records reform, but it doesn’t go far enough, says the Globe Editorial Board
The Pawtucket Times Feb. 21, 2009
>>Lawmakers receive straight A’s for their compliance
The Daily News Tribune Feb. 13, 2009
>>The $14,000 quoted by the Cambridge Public Schools for a list of students goes too far
The Providence Journal Feb. 15, 2009
>>Will public documents be destroyed when the applications are purged?
The Enterprise Feb. 5, 2009
>>Bucking the trend set by his predecessors, Middleboro Board of Selectman Chair Patrick Rogers pledges to release minutes of executive sessions.
The Hartford Courant Feb. 3, 2009
>>Town officials claim that compliance with the law is too costly
The New London Day thinks towns should stop complaining
>When Colman Herman sent out 44 requests to Massachusetts government agencies seeking records deemed public by law, only two officials responded as the law required. One who didn’t told Colman a record was confidential simply because the official had stamped the word “confidential” across the top READ THE FULL STORY
The Providence Journal Feb. 1, 2009
>>With no opposition by the state Supreme Court, R.I. prepares to hold privately-funded civil trials behind closed doors.
The Associated Press Feb. 28, 2009
>>Watchdog group Judicial Watch files lawsuit against the government relating to the shooting of a drug smuggler
KATU.com Feb. 25, 2009
>>The records request may shed light on an alleged inappropriate relationship between the Mayor and an intern
The Boston Globe Feb. 26, 2009
>>The decision will now lie with the families of the deceased
The Michigan Messenger Feb. 20, 2009
>>The Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asks a judge to consider whether the charges against Diane Bukowski will have a chilling affect on news gathering.
The Associated Press Feb. 19, 2009
>>The process that culminated in appointing Kirsten Gillibrand to the U.S. Senate is shrouded in secrecy
The Associated Press Feb. 20, 2009
>>A federal judge orders the Treasury to comply with Fox Business Network’s FOIA request.
York Daily Record Feb. 23, 2009
>>The names of those who left comments are subpoenaed as part of a murder investigation
The Chicago Tribune Feb. 18, 2009
>> Could Chicago’s reputation of a bastion of political corruption be turning around?
The New York Times Feb. 12, 2009
>>An easy solution to a complicated problem?
The Delaware News Journal Feb. 6, 2009
>>A new law up for debate in the Delaware state legislature will strengthen public records law and extend the Freedom of Information Act’s purview to the legislature. Meanwhile, an amendment to the bill seeks to keep the e-mails of public officials secret.
The Austin American-Statesman Feb. 5, 2009
>>Citing office protocol, the hard drives of public computers were erased on the last day of Rep. Tom Craddick’s last day as speaker of the Texas House; raising questions that public records may have been deleted
York Daily Record Feb. 7, 2009
>> Records show many information requests are being denied
Commonwealth Magazine Winter 2009
>>Rep. Antonio Cabral (D – New Bedford), the Chairman of the Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, will file a bill aimed at revamping the state’s public records law
New England Press Association Bulletin January 2009
Editor of the Standard-Times: “The right of the newspaper or any ordinary citizen to express his or her opinion about the political process is the foundation of all our freedoms. We will continue to express that right vigorously, especially when we believe the public’s interests are at stake, as was certainly the case here”
The Concord Monitor Jan. 21, 2009
>>A New Hampshire judge ruled that a firm which provides services to public employees is subject to the state’s right-to-know law.
The Boston Globe Jan. 14, 2009
>>U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner approved a request to make the trial involving the Recording Industry Association of America and a Boston University student available live on the internet.
The Patriot Ledger Jan. 14, 2009
>>The bill, filed by Rep. Alicea (D – Charlton), will make census data and street lists unavailable to inquiries by the public or press.
The Mercury News Jan. 29, 2008
>>The donors who funded the controversial Proposition 8 initiative in California lost their request to remain anonymous.
The Seattle Times Jan. 16, 2009
>>After a 12-year battle, the state Supreme Court ruled that the $124,000 fine paid by King County for not releasing public records to businessman Armen Yousoufian was too low.
The State Journal-Register Jan. 18, 2009
>>The Illinois Governor has denied a request by the Journal-Register for his administration’s clemency records
The Sun News Jan. 24, 2009
>>A Sun News reporter was questioned by defense attorneys as to how he was able to attain financial documents that pertain to case involving the misuse of public funds. The reporter’s answer? He filed FOIAs and stayed completely within the law.
The Missoulian Jan. 21, 2009
>>Amid allegations of sexual misconduct of Montana prison employees, the AP says the public has a right to the documents.
The New York Times Jan. 15, 2009
>>A court has required telecommunications companies to continue intercepting calls and emails made by suspected terrorists.
The Austin American-Statesman Jan. 14, 2009
>>The ruling comes after the suspect’s mental and medical records were aired on television.
San Francisco Chronicle Jan. 09, 2009
>>Supporters of California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, have filed a lawsuit to keep the campaign finance records from public view.
Philadelphia Inquirer Jan. 09, 2009
>>The Chief Executive of a charter school alleges that the paper wrote inaccurate and misleading stories about the school due to failed business talks he had with the paper’s publisher.
The Associated Press Jan. 8, 2009
>>The House voted on two bills that will increase public access to presidential information.
Baltimore police officers above the law?
The Baltimore Sun Jan. 7, 2009
>>A decision by the Baltimore Police department to no longer release the names of officers that have killed or injured people is prompting wide-spread criticism.
Albany Times Union Jan. 6, 2009
>>In an attempt to discourage witness intimidation, the DA in the murder trial of a teenager accused of killing a 10-year-old girl has asked media outlets to refrain from releasing witness names.
The Arizona Republic Jan. 9, 2009
>> Police Department cites concerns about identify theft.
The Sacramento Bee Jan. 01, 2009
>> A dentist accused of molestation has asked a judge to prevent the press from covering the trial
Greater Greater Washington Jan. 5, 2009
>>Washington metro agency denies FOIA request by a local blog citing that they “are not a representative of the news media”
Brattleboro Reformer Dec. 27, 2008
>>A new service launched this month allows anyone to search and purchase Vermont criminal conviction records.
The Salem News Dec. 17, 2008
>>The Salem Op-Ed board notices a disturbing trend.
Burlington Free Press, December 15, 2008
>>Running counter to a trend toward privacy, Vermont decides to put criminal records online.
The Boston Globe, Dec. 6, 2008
>>The Joint Committee on Transportation has requested that Governor Patrick release documents which detail consultants’ reports on the estimated cost of Patrick’s proposed Transportation reforms.
The Providence Journal, Dec. 5, 2008
>>The American Civil Liberties Union says the North Smithfield police department illegally denied a workers’ rights leader the record of the arrest of a man charged with using fraudulent identification.
The MetroWest Daily News, Oct. 31, 2008
Lodge says Gov. Deval Patrick has little respect for the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, which is intended to keep public information and planning accessible.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Dec. 20, 2008
>>The Newspaper claims a judge went too far by not releasing the jail logs of a suspect in the murder of a Little Rock news anchor
Bloomberg News Dec. 12, 2008
>> The recipients of close to $2 trillion in taxpayer-funded emergency loans will remain shrouded as the Federal Reserve rejects a FOIA filed by Bloomberg News.
New York Times Dec. 30, 2008
>>Lobbyist files suit claiming that a front-page story falsely portrayed her and an alleged affair with John McCain.
The New York Times Dec. 15, 2008
>>The Supreme Court has refused to entertain another attempt by former Army scientist Steven Hatfill to revive his libel case against the New York Times.
Anchorage Daily News Dec. 10, 2008
>>Executive privilege cited in refusing to release telephone and e-mail messages involving Todd Palin.
Ventura County Star Dec. 11, 208
>>California Judge prevents local paper from printing information regarding the murder of a local 6-year-old boy
UPDATE! Judge lifts gag order
Columbus Dispatch Dec. 9. 2008
>>The Ohio Supreme Court rules that deleted e-mails are public if they deal with official business
>> Ashenfelter invokes both First and Fifth Amendments while on the stand
The Detroit Free Press Dec. 8, 2008
>>The saga continues between Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter and ex-prosecutor Richard Convertino.
The AFP Dec. 7, 2008
>>President-elect Obama pledges transparency throughout the transition and invites citizens to review documents and meetings on his website.
Livingston Daily Dec. 8, 2008
>>A school spending reform organization, Education Action Group, filed a FOIA for the e-mail records of a teacher’s union president that were written from a publicly-funded e-mail account.
L.A. Times Dec. 7, 2008
>>An undercover trooper joined various non-violence and activism groups and later recorded many of the members as terror suspects. Among those listed? Two Nuns, a lobbyist, and former congressional candidate.
The Intelligencer Dec. 7, 2008
>>Officials find the cost of the new requirements are putting a strain on already tight budgets.
San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 4, 2008
>> Open-government advocates ask that the Superior Court force the Legislative Counsel to give up an electronic database which contains records of bills and lawmakers’ voting
Associated Press, Dec. 2, 2008
>>A man who posted comments about his ex and her attorney in the “rants and raves” section of the site now faces a libel suit
The Providence Journal, Nov. 26, 2008
>>The paper is asking the high court to share forms filled out by more than 400 prospective jurors to hear the Rhode Island nightclub fire case of 2003, which killed 100 people.
The Providence Journal, Nov. 25, 2008
>>ProJo columnist Edward Fitzpatrick explains why the answer to government secrecy is not, well, more secrecy. Fitzpatrick expresses outrage at legislator’s proposal to do just that.
Providence Journal, Nov. 21, 2008
>>One legislator thinks the fiscal crisis cannot be solved if the public is allowed access to government deliberations.
Yale Daily News, Nov. 10, 2008
>> After instructing the administration not to do interviews with student reporters and trying to kick out the Society of Professional Journalists chapter, the school reneges on the threats
Read commentary from the Hartford Courant on Quinnipiac’s censorship-inclined president:
Boston Herald, Nov. 13, 2008
The Roanoke Times, Nov. 16, 2008
>> When a reporter from The Roanoke Times asked the city for a copy of the summer months’ FOIA requests, he received heavily redacted documents, without legal explanation.
>> The chief of police says he ordered an officer to leak info about who posted on the Rockland News website. The poster warned of a sobriety checkpoint
Foster’s Daily Democrat, Nov. 11, 2008
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Nov. 29, 2008
>> Wisconsin papers file suit against state employee union for refusing to release the names of workers
The Lakeland Times, Nov. 26, 2008
>>A statewide audit found that 30 percent of open records requests were not granted in a legal manner. Government workers demanded identification, reasoning for requests (both violation of state law) and in some cases ignored the request completely.
Worcester Telegram, Nov. 09, 2008
>> Police already pocketed $1,500 for public docs, then decided the legal deadline for providing the documents doesn’t apply to them.
Chicago Tribune, Nov. 20, 2008
>>Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to get around producing subpoenas sent to him by the Better Government Association. An appellate court says the documents (part of a federal government investigation) are subject to FOIA requests
Associated Press, Nov. 18, 2008
>> Protecting a source who shared information about the since-exonerated Army scientist named in anthrax attacks, Toni Locy was ordered to pay up to $5,000 each day she withheld the source’s name.
Associated Press, Nov. 15, 2008
>> An appeals court decided that the Bush administration can dismiss FOIA requests for documents that could explain as much as 225 days worth of missing emails.
The Press-Enterprise, Nov. 17, 2008
>> Despite murky resignation details and a $300,000 severance package, the Rialto school board voted to uphold the closed meeting status, under which the resignation of its superintendent was decided.
San Mateo Daily Journal, Nov. 14, 2008
The Scots Express was shut down last week after a satirical article featuring the writer’s “sexiness.”
Merced Sun-Star, Nov. 13, 2008
Associated Press, Nov. 12, 2008
>> The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times are both asking for public documents on Stephen Hatfill, an Army scientist whose home was raided on live TV and accused of anthrax poisoning.
Nieman Watch Dog, Nov. 12, 2008
The Nieman Foundation’s new report offers a guide to how the incoming administration could open up government in an effort to reverse the secrecy of the Bush administration
The Raw Story, Nov. 12, 2008
>> After eight years of increased government secrecy, more than 60 groups are calling for Obama to reverse the trend
NY City News Service, Nov. 6, 2008
The New York reporter was watched by the FBI for over two decades
Bloomberg News, Nov. 7, 2008
The Denver Post, Oct. 15, 2008
Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2008
Associated Press, Oct. 22, 2008
>> Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich gave out state-subsidized health care, but won’t release expense information
New York Times, Oct. 27, 2008
>> Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to create a global code that would make cooperation with China’s online censorship impossible
Las Vegas Review-Journal Oct. 21, 2008
Pro Publica Oct. 22, 2008
>> U.S. Treasury Dept. is keeping closed the documents on its contract to Bank of New York Mellon. In records, the Treasury blacked out how much the bank will receive from the $700 billion bailout.
Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune Oct. 16, 2008
>> In response to a law suit filed by major media organizations, a U.S. judge has ruled that Minnesota’s ban on pollsters operating within 100 feet of polling places is unconstitutional.
MSNBC, Oct. 17, 2008
Detroit Free Press Oct. 14, 2008
WCAV TV, Charlottesville VA Oct. 14, 2008
New York Times Oct. 11, 2008
Beta News Oct. 8, 2008
Associated Press Oct. 7, 2008
As Gov. Sarah Palin refuses to hand over controversial emails, sensitive policy documents, and backs a new state law which deems records of state-funded BlackBerrys and cell phones off-limits to the public, her claim to government openness looks weak
Media Law Oct. 13, 2008
>> The D.A. agrees with a complaint filed by The Worcester Telegram & Gazette that the Charlton Board of Selectment should not have met in private when evaluating the performance of Town Administrator Robin Craver.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Oct 29, 2008
Republican American, Oct. 18, 2008
Burlington Free Press, Oct. 14, 2008
>> Though Vermont public officials’ emails showed a conflict of interest, state Superior Court orders them to be kept private
Springfield Republican Oct. 7, 2008
>> Springfield City Councilors have filed a proposal that would allow public access to the police complaint review board meetings, an important step for a police department that has been accused of mistreatment by minority communities.
Hartford Courant, Oct. 3, 2008
>> A new law requiring towns to post minutes of meetings online within 24 hours is forcing some Connecticut towns to scrap their sites because their small staffs can’t keep up. No extra funding for IT help is coming from the state, which passed the law on Wednesday.
Media Law, Oct. 1, 2008
>> The Massachusetts Appeals Court has refused to dismiss a libel case against the Brockton Enterprise despite the newspaper’s defense of using the “fair report” privilege.
Detroit Free Press, Oct. 14, 2008
Agence France Presse, Oct. 29, 2008
>> The ACLU has been denied its FOI request for copies of testimony of abuse in the Cuban prison
Hartford Courant, Oct. 28, 2008
>> Mayor Eddie Perez hopes to avoid a $500 fine and FOI lessons — his penalty for illegally holding closed-door meetings.
The New York Times, Oct 28, 2008
In an editorial, The Times questions recent actions by Quinnipiac University to limit the access of student journalists to administrators, coaches, and athletes
Boston Globe, Oct. 27, 2008
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Oct. 16, 2008
Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, Sept 30, 2008
>> Six news groups, including The Associated Press, CBS, CNN have filed a lawsuit over a Minnesota statue that bans non-voters from approaching polling stations. The statue would interfere with attempts of journalists to conduct exit-polling
Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, Sept. 29, 2008
Inside Higher Ed, Sept 24, 2008
Detroit Free Press, Sept. 16, 2008
The Associated Press, Sept. 9, 2008
>> Government secrecy is on the rise by almost every measure, according to a report by a coalition of government oversight groups.
The Associated Press, Sept. 4, 2008
The Boston Globe, Sept. 4, 2008
The Boston Globe, Sept. 3, 2008
>> Riot police for a second day used tear gas and flash grenades to disperse protesters trying to disrupt the Republican National Convention and made several more arrests on top of the more than 250 people jailed Monday on charges of damaging property and conspiracy to riot.
Altoona Mirror, July 18, 2008
>>A judge threw out subpoenas issued to 15 Pennsylvania journalists who were summoned to testify at a hearing on whether a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate alleged violations of grand jury secrecy.
mlive.com, July 17, 2008
>>Attorneys for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and ex-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty are barred from questioning two Detroit Free Press reporters on how they obtained sexually explicit text messages, a judge ruled Thursday
The New York Times, July 17, 2008
>>In the face of near hysterical opposition from the Bush administration, the Senate Democratic leadership intends to take up a proposed shield law to provide journalists with limited protection against being compelled to reveal confidential sources in federal court. A similar measure won House approval last October in a bipartisan 398-to-21 landslide. But the White House, as ever, is playing the fear card, orchestrating a barrage of warnings that the law would “wreak havoc” on national security and “completely eviscerate” the ability to investigate terrorism
Baltimore Sun, July 15, 2008
>> A federal appeals court has ruled against a former Army scientist who sued The New York Times over columns linking him to deadly 2001 anthrax attacks. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said yesterday that Steven Hatfill was a public figure and had to prove actual malice to win his libel lawsuit.
Foreign courts take aim at our free speech
The Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2008
The Times and Democrat, July 5, 2008
WA court: public records can be kept from inmates
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 3, 2008
Hawaii journos get shield law
Editor & Publisher, July 3, 2008
High court keeps hands off libel lawsuit
Argus Leader, July 2, 2008
>>South Dakota’s Supreme Court refused to step into the middle of a libel case brought by a former Sioux Falls development official against the Argus Leader and its executive editor.
The Washington Post, June 17, 2008
Associated Press, June 12, 2008
Chicago Reader, June 12, 2008
Sens. Obama, Coburn introduce spending transparency bill
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, June 4, 2008
>> Barack Obama and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill designed to make federal spending more transparent
Editor & Publisher, June 4, 2008
The Chicago Tribune, June 3, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle, June 2, 2008
>>A Quaker college instructor who was not allowed to start a teaching job because she refused to sign a state-required loyalty oath reached a settlement with the California State University system
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, May 30, 2008
>>U.S. District Court Judge ordered Washington Times reporter William Gertz to identify the confidential sources who provided information for a 2006 story he wrote about the prosecution of a Chinese spy ring in California
The New York Times, May 25, 2008
Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut pressured YouTube to pull down videos he does not like
The New York Times, May 20, 2008
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, May 19, 2008
Newsday, May 13, 2008
The New York Times, May 11, 2008
>>Nina Bernstein, a Times reporter, wrote a front-page article last June about the deaths of prisoners in the fastest-growing form of incarceration in America, immigration detention.
The New York Times, May 10, 2008
>>An unusual cast of conservatives has added momentum to a bill that would protect the confidentiality of reporters’ sources, even as the Bush administration has lobbied vigorously against the idea.
USA Today, May 9, 2008
>> A federal appeals court appeared reluctant today to uphold hefty fines for a reporter who refuses to identify the sources of her stories about the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Associated Press, May 8, 2008
The Baltimore Sun, May 2, 2008
Federal railroad accident reports now available online
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, April 2, 2008
>>On April 2, the Federal Railroad Administration announced that post investigation reports of major train accidents would now be available online.
Click here, to view the reports.
Editor & Publisher, March 29, 2008
>>Lawyers for a former USA Today reporter have asked a federal appeals court to reverse a contempt of court citation against the journalist, who refuses to reveal her sources for stories about the criminal investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks.
The New York Times, March 22, 2008
>>Some law enforcement officials, strongly object to the site, arguing it exposes officers to resentment and reprisal and vow to pursue legislation to block it.
The Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2008
>>The Supreme Court agreed to rule for the first time in 30 years on what constitutes indecency on broadcast television and radio.
The New York Times, Feb. 20, 2008
USA Today, Feb. 6, 2008
Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2008
>>Hours before the new year, open-government groups won a key victory in their years-long fight to force government agencies to release documents without months, and sometimes years, of delay. The moment came when President Bush reluctantly signed a law enforcing better compliance with the Freedom of Information Act
But in his budget request in February, 2008, Bush proposed shifting a newly created ombudsman’s position from the National Archives and Records Administration to the Department of Justice. Because the ombudsman would be the chief monitor of compliance with the new law, that move is akin to killing the critical function, some members of Congress and watchdog groups say.
The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2008
>>A federal grand jury issued a subpoena to a reporter of The New York Times, apparently to try to force him to reveal his confidential sources for a 2006 book on the Central Intelligence Agency
The Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2008
>>A federal magistrate ordered the White House to reveal whether copies of possibly millions of missing e-mails are stored on backup tapes
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Dec. 21, 2007
>>The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press asked a federal court in Manhattan on Dec. 21 to require open access to records in the civil case over liability following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks
The Washington Post, Dec. 19, 2007
>>Taking aim at Bush administration secrecy, Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill that would toughen the Freedom of Information Act and penalize government agencies that fail to surrender public documents on time
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Dec. 14, 2007
>>A bitterly divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure that would allow camera access to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the echoes of vocal opposition from the justices themselves
Editor & Publisher, Dec. 5, 2007
The Washington Post, Oct. 16, 2007
For former USA Today reporter Toni Locy, who faced financial ruin for protecting sources, the clouds may be breaking. First, a US Court of Appeals put a hold on a judge’s order that Locy pay hefty fines from her own meager assets. And then, the Justice Department settled the lawsuit with the former government scientist who had demanded to know who her sources were.
The New York Times, August 16, 2008
>> On Aug. 8, the Justice Department finally exonerated Steven J. Hatfill, acknowledging six years after labeling him a “person of interest” that he was not the man who killed five people with anthrax attacks on Congress and news organizations in 2001
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press,June 30, 2008
USA Today, June 30, 2008
>>The Justice Department’s $5.8 million settlement with Steven Hatfill, named a “person of interest” in the 2001 anthrax attacks, leaves unresolved his challenge to reporters’ rights in protecting sources of sensitive information.
The New York Times, June 28, 2008
>>The Justice Department announced it would pay $4.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Steven J. Hatfill, a former Army biodefense researcher intensively investigated as a “person of interest” in the deadly anthrax letters of 2001
Thomas Mitchell: Time is running out for Toni Locy
Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 18, 2008
The New York Times, May 10, 2008
>> An unusual cast of conservatives has added momentum to a bill that would protect the confidentiality of reporters’ sources, even as the Bush administration has lobbied vigorously against the idea
USA Today, May 9, 2008
>>Former USA Today reporter Toni Locy appealed a judge’s order requiring her to pay up to $5,000 a day out of her own pocket until she gave up her sources
The Boston Globe, May 8, 2008
American Journalism Review, April/May 2008
>>During a newspaper career that spanned two-and-a-half decades, Toni Locy said, she was never afraid on the job.
Not when she was writing about the mob in Philadelphia, not when she was defending not-so-flattering police stories to not-so-flattered police officers in Boston, not when she was portraying the president of the United States as an intern-canoodling liar in Washington, D.C.