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Freedom to report at stake in Carlson hacking case

Former journalist Timothy Burke is facing charges of hacking and leaking behind-the-scenes clips of Tucker Carlson while Carlson was still at Fox News. Burke is charged with seven counts of unauthorized disclosure of electronic communications. (CNN, February 22, 2024, by Oliver Darcy) A Freedom of the Press Foundation director Seth Stern, February 22, 2024, criticized the law used by Justice Department prosecutors to bring the charges, “The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a vague,

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Justice Department guidelines restrict prosecutors in seeking reporters’ notes

The Justice Department’s guidelines released early in February limit prosecutors in seeking reporters’ records. They may only subpoena records in certain circumstances particularly if the journalist is the subject of an investigation, if information is need to prevent a serious crime and if the information is public or the journalist agrees to the disclosure of the information. (CNN, February 14, 2024, by Hannah Rabinowitz) For related FAC coverage, click here, here and here.

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DeSantis sour on conservative media’s affair with Trump

After failing in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is still complaining that the conservative media failed to hold Donald Trump accountable, in particular, for Trump’s failure to pass any significant legislation during his presidency. (The New York Times, February 21, 2024, by Shane Goldmacher) In a video conference with 200 of his backers, DeSantis reiterated his earlier criticism of the media made during his campaign, “I mean, he said

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Federal appeals court rejects California law restricting gun ad ‘attractive to minors’

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied an en banc request to rehear a case contesting California’s law restricting an ad for firearms that “reasonably appears to be attractive to minors.” (Reason, February 20, 2024, by Eugene Volokh) No judge asked for a rehearing on September 9th Circuit ruling that affirmed the gun rights groups’ argument that the law restricting the marketing of guns to minors was overly broad and content-based and thus a

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Neo-Nazis use threats to cloak violence against vulnerable members of society

Investigating neo-Nazi group 2119 for attacking Jews, Blacks, LGBTQ+ people demonstrated the perils of reporting on violent groups for reporter Jordan Green. Green received the expected online harassment and death threats but also a visit to his home of six white supremacists holding traffic flares and making Nazi salutes. A sign warned him of “consequences.” (Raw Story, February 20. 2024, by Jordan Green) Another sign read “Freedom of press does not equal freedom from consequences.”

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