Chapter 10 of Lewis Freedom for the Thought That We Hate, discusses hate speech and I found it alarming that The United States differs from all other Western societies in its legal treatment of hate speech. In eleven countries it is crime to deny the Holocaust, yet in America we have free expression and the... Continue Reading →
Threat of Trump Administration on Journalists Freedoms
In the book Journalism After Snowden, Chapter 10 discusses political journalism in a networked age and the authors spoke to the fact that autocratic governments like those of Saudi Arabia and Egypt hamper journalism, but now we are seeing a push for authoritarian leaders in South Korea and Turkey to control the media. In our... Continue Reading →
What Snowden Has to Teach Journalists
"Confidentiality means nothing if a third party can reasonably access whom a journalist has been talking to through their phone logs, contacts, lists, e-mails, texts or by working out who else was in a certain location at a certain time." (22) In Journalism After Snowden, the text discusses the concept of privacy and lack thereof.... Continue Reading →
Truth or Treason? The Difficult Decision Journalists Must Make
In, Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media, by Paul Rosenzweig, the discussion of leaks and the Espionage Act made me think more in depth about the act of leaking information and the threat as well as the potential that it creates for journalists. While it is true that sometimes those who hold power in our government are... Continue Reading →
Protecting Reporters and Journalism in a Trump Era
According to Lewis, in Freedom for the Thought That We Hate, Branzburg V. Hayes in 1972 was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision invalidating the use of the First Amendment as a defense for reporters summoned to testify before a grand jury. This remains the only case in which the U.S. Supreme Court has... Continue Reading →
Privacy, when do we draw the line?
According to Lewis in Freedom for the Thought That We Hate, “The interest of privacy was first authoritatively weighed against the First Ammendment’s guarantee of free expression by the Supreme Court in 1967, in the case of Time, Inc V. Hill. In summary, The Hills and their children were kept hostage in their home by... Continue Reading →
What is Obscenity?
February 22, 1971, Paul Robert Cohen V. California, Cohen was wearing a jacket on which were inscribed the words “fuck the draft” and he won his case by a vote 5 to 4, the Supreme Court reversed his conviction, holding that it violated the right to free expression under the first amendment. The real problem... Continue Reading →