Amicus brief: Limited-purpose public figure in defamation

ASNE has recently joined three amicus briefs filed in key court cases around the country. A little overview by the numbers: all 3 were drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, two are defamation cases, and one seeks access to court records; two cases emanate from California, and one is from the District of Columbia. Today we're introducing the first amicus brief:

ASNE joins amicus brief relating to the 'Right to be Forgotten'

In May 2014, the European Court of Human rights ruled in a case filed by a Spanish citizen against a Spanish newspaper that individuals have the right  to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them when the information has become "inaccurate, inadequate or excessive." This concept, which has not taken hold in the United States (and hopefully, never will), has come to be known as "the right to be forgotten." Although it does not mandate removal of the article itself, there is a distinct impact, which one might even call it "functional censorship," because of the fact that most Internet users access content via search engines.  

ASNE and others urge court to release HSBC's monitor reports

ASNE and 25 other media companies and organizations filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that argues for access to court documents relating to the banking collapse, which occurred almost a decade ago, and the government's ongoing efforts to prevent its recurrence. 

ASNE joins three amicus efforts

Summer has proven to be a hot time for ASNE's amicus activity as we've participated as amicus in three different cases in recent weeks. Here's a recap of the cases, with a link to each of the filings. 

Amicus brief against Department of Justice's refusal to release records

Revelations in 2013 that the Department of Justice had subpoenaed the telephone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters (and also sought email records of Fox News reporter James Rosen) led to a major outcry among media companies and organizations, as well as the public, and resulted in a series of meetings between media and the DOJ to discuss necessary improvements to voluntary DOJ guidelines regarding subpoenas issued to and about the media, which were originally created in 1970. By 2014, we had stronger, but still voluntary, guidelines. 

ASNE joins amicus briefs supporting defendants in defamation cases

ASNE has recently joined two different amicus briefs filed in support of defendants in defamation cases. Each brief was filed in a different United States Court of Appeal, and they both deal with distinct issues relating to defamation. Each one is important to our members' ability to report on matters of public concern.

ASNE joins amicus brief regarding automatic license plate readers

ASNE was one of 13 organizations that joined an amicus brief filed with the California Supreme Court in a case involving access to information collected via automatic license plate readers (ALPR) in Los Angeles County. The brief, drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, does not address the privacy and surveillance issues surrounding the use of ALPRs; it simply argues that the California Supreme Court should overturn the decision of an intermediate Court of Appeals that the law enforcement exemption to the state's Public Records Act can be used to withhold all data collected by ALPRs.

ASNE joins amicus brief arguing against mandatory 'staying' of order

ASNE joined 26 other media organizations and companies in a brief that argues for the immediate release of dash cam video of an officer-involved shooting in Gardena, California. We argue that First Amendment interest in transparency and accountability outweighs any interest in keeping videos or other records confidential. 

ASNE joins brief arguing for immediate access to California court filings

ASNE joined 12 media organizations in a brief drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press that challenges a California court's policy of not making court filings publicly available for several days after their submission. 

ASNE joins amicus brief in support of access to public records in NJ

ASNE joined an  filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in the New Jersey Supreme Court in a case, which might affect one of the more controversial public records issues at the state level: access to police video footage.