Ginny LaRoe

California vs. the First Amendment: FAC & Cal Press Panel Discussion, Dec. 5, 2019

On December 5, 2019, FAC and the Cal Press Foundation co-hosted a panel discussion on California vs. The First Amendment. In 2019 Golden State governments were behind an unrelenting series of affronts to the First Amendment in 2019. Police went after a journalist’s sources with a sledgehammer. The state attorney general threatened to prosecute reporters and fought in court to weaken the state’s new police accountability law. And a series of decisions at the local

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FAC Expands Subpoena Defense Training to Serve More Journalists

The First Amendment Coalition is expanding its Subpoena Defense Initiative, adding free legal seminars in New York and Washington, D.C., to deepen the bench of qualified lawyers able to step up when journalists face threats to press freedom. With generous assistance from First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund, FAC’s Subpoena Defense Initiative makes sure journalists get connected with legal counsel when someone uses the courts to try to unmask sources or force the disclosure of

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FAC Receives $30K Grant from Central Valley Foundation — and $10K Matching Opportunity

The Central Valley Foundation has awarded the First Amendment Coalition a $30,000 grant in support of its growing work — and has pledged an additional $10,000 in matching support. The grant, “in recognition of the First Amendment Coalition’s important work in safeguarding our First Amendment rights,” will support FAC’s efforts defending free speech, the free press, and public participation in civic affairs. The $10,000 challenge grant ensures that the Central Valley Foundation will match any gift dollar-for-dollar

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The Bryan Carmody Story | In Depth

THE BRYAN CARMODY STORY | IN-DEPTH On May 10, San Francisco police showed up at the home of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, equipped with a sledgehammer and pickax they used to try to batter down his front gate. Guns drawn, officers placed Carmody in handcuffs for hours while they raided his home and office, seizing a trove of electronic devices and other materials. The raid, part of an investigation into the leak of a police

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