Supreme Court Declines to Revisit Press-Freedom Case

From a Wall Street Journal story by Jan Wolfe headlined “Supreme Court Declines to Revisit Landmark Press-Freedom Case”:

The Supreme Court again declined to revisit New York Times v. Sullivan, a landmark 1964 case that set a high bar for suing news organizations for defamation, drawing a dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas.

The court turned away an appeal by Coral Ridge Ministries Media, a Florida-based evangelical organization that unsuccessfully sued the Southern Poverty Law Center for calling it a “hate group.”

The Putin Regime Obliterates Press Freedom

From CJR’s The Media Today with Jon Allsop headlined “The Putin regime obliterates press freedom”:

ONE VERY LONG WEEK AGO, David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, published an interview that he had conducted over email with Dmitry Muratov, his counterpart at the longstanding Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, around the latter’s “crowded schedule of editorial meetings, street demonstrations, and late-night phone calls.” Late last year, Muratov shared in a Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in recognition of embattled journalists everywhere; now he was scrambling to cover his country’s invasion of Ukraine, putting out an issue in Russian and Ukrainian and signing a cover note in both languages calling the war “madness.” Muratov predicted that his paper was in for “a very difficult period” after it rejected warnings from Russian officials to stick to the government line. “We received an order to ban the use of the words ‘war,’ ‘occupation,’ ‘invasion,’” he told Remnick. “However, we continue to call war war. We are waiting for the consequences.”

CJR’s The Media Today: Propaganda, Confusion, and an Assault on Press Freedom as Russia Attacks Ukraine

From CJR’s The Media Today with Jon Allsop:

OVERNIGHT LOCAL TIME, as fears of an imminent Russian invasion of his country intensified, Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, went on TV and addressed the people of Russia, in Russian. Wearing a black suit and a grave expression, he stood in front of a yellow-and-blue flag, with Ukraine’s national trident symbol visible across a fold, and a map of the country on an illuminated white backdrop. He appealed to ordinary Russians—“activists, journalists, musicians, actors, athletes, scientists, doctors, bloggers, stand-up comedians, TikTokers, and many others”—and stressed their common humanity with Ukrainians. “They try to convince you otherwise,” he said. “I know that Russian TV won’t show my speech. But citizens of Russia need to see it. They need to see the truth. The truth is you need to stop before it’s too late.”

Joel Simon: The Importance of Unity in Defending the Freedom of Journalists

From a story on cjr.org by Joel Simon headlined “Standing Together: The importance of unity in defending journalists’ freedom”:

When Jacob Timmerman, an editor in Argentina, founded La Opinión, in 1971, he positioned the publication as a voice of reason in a polarized country. At the time, Argentina was entering a period of turmoil and upheaval. In 1973, Juan Domingo Perón, the country’s former president, returned from a long exile and was reelected. Timerman supported him. The following year, Perón died and was replaced by his wife, Isabel Martínez de Perón. The left rose up to oppose her; the country descended into chaos. In 1976, Jorge Rafael Videla, a lieutenant general, overthrew the government, which marked the beginning of a military junta and the onset of the Dirty War. Timerman covered the news in the pages of La Opinión, printing the names of desaparecidos—those “disappeared” by the brutal regime.

FBI Raid on Project Veritas Founder’s Home Sparks Questions About Press Freedom

From a story on politico.com by Josh Gerstein headlined “FBI raid on Project Veritas founder’s home sparks questions about press freedom”:

The Biden administration’s effort to establish itself as a committed champion of press freedom is facing new doubts because of the Justice Department’s aggressive legal tactics against a conservative provocateur known for his hidden-camera video stings.

A predawn FBI raid last weekend against Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and similar raids on some of his associates are prompting alarm from some First Amendment advocates, who contend that prosecutors appear to have run roughshod over Justice Department media policies and a federal law protecting journalists.