Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?
The UK Information Commissioner’s Officer (the “ICO”), in a letter to Global Witness (in Steinmetz and others v Global Witness) (the “Letter”), stated that non-media organisations may rely on the special-purposes exemption...more
Residents in public housing are resilient, despite the overwhelming obstacles that they face every day. Public housing has been home to many inspiring stories of success for individuals and families. Put simply, the people of...more
As a young lawyer in 1985, a case came my way that combined several passions: college football, newspaper journalism and the First Amendment. I was the associate attorney assigned to help apply legal muscle in support of our...more
With the landscape of modern journalism rapidly changing, what does the future look like? With new technology and the internet impacting the way that journalists do their jobs and downward financial pressures consistently...more
This past Friday, the keynote speaker at the Boston Bar Association’s Annual meeting was Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for the New York Times. Mr. Liptak focused his remarks on the First Amendment views of his...more
The Leveson Inquiry highlighted a prevailing confusion as to how data protection law applies to journalism and the media. To tackle this it was recommended that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) work to prepare a...more
It has been said that everyone likes to make fun of lawyers – until they need one. The same might be said for another group of oft-criticized professionals: journalists. And in a world where information is available from so...more
The right of journalists to refuse to testify regarding information or sources obtained as part of the news-gathering process, known as the reporter’s privilege, has been recognized by 49 of the 50 states and the District of...more
The news media is enjoying a renaissance today after fears of imminent death. It’s not reviving because a new business model was found. It’s reviving because the persistent need for news finds its own business model. We need...more
Ed. Note-Today we have a guest post from Daphne Holmes.
Anyone who deals with FCPA compliance – or with any other federal, global, or local laws and regulations – is acutely aware that compliance and ethics are two...more
When an editor or news director selects a story as newsworthy and appropriate for publication at a particular place and time, should that story remain readily accessible at all times and in all places?...more
A new report provides a refreshingly optimistic insight on the future of American journalism.
Despite ongoing challenges facing newsrooms, Pew Research Center’s 2014 State of the News Media report highlights several...more
The Federal Communications Commission was scheduled to begin this spring a "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs." Backed by a 110-page report from two prestigious journalism schools and a "Final Research Design"...more
The Spanish Supreme Court has ordered French daily newspaper Le Monde to pay damages of €300,000 to Real Madrid and €15,000 to FC Barcelona for linking the Spanish football clubs to a doping plot....more
The list of news stories clamoring for our attention is overwhelming as the editorial concept of serendipity has been replaced with “link bait.” The conversations I used to have with peers about strategies for re-engineering...more
In This Issue:
Quote of the Week; U.S.-China Relations; China News; and Trade.
Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations -
Freedom of the Press in China:
On January 30, White House spokesperson Jay Carney...more
One of the avenues rarely discussed for allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to work their way to the Department of Justice (DOJ) or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is through good...more
PeopleLinx recently welcomed the President of Metrocorp and Publisher of Philadelphia Magazine, David Lipson, as another speaker in our Fireside Chat series. While he didn’t share any stories of his son Matt, who was an...more
A superior court ordered a newspaper publisher to pay the attorney fees of a school district because it determined the publisher’s Public Records Act petition was frivolous. The court of appeal held that the publisher’s...more
Anyone watching or reading the news these days is well aware of the steady decline in hard news content. ...more
The mainstream media continues its attack on the patent system. This problem has become significant, because the average American does not appear to understand the purpose (and benefits) of the patent system. With all of...more
This past weekend Helen Thomas passed away. She truly was a one-of-a-kind. The Dean of the White House Press Corp when she died, having covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama for United Press...more
In a historic move for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP), the organization has filed an amicus brief with the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to support the free-speech rights of...more
The media loves to attach political labels to often complex issues. Such monikers allow the press to create and define highly charged terms ("pro-life"; "pro-choice"; "pro-gun"; "anti-gun", etc.). The exercise is also useful...more
HHS OCR announced today its second resolution agreement of 2013. Shasta Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has agreed to pay $275,000 and enter into a comprehensive corrective action plan (CAP) to settle an investigation opened...more
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