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Freedom of the press applies to everyone -- yes, even bloggers

Freedom of the press applies to everyone -- yes, even bloggers | Freedom of the Press | Scoop.it
Police across the country have been arresting people for taping them with cellphones, but a recent decision by the First Circuit Court of Appeals makes it clear that such behavior is protected by the First Amendment, and that people doing this are...
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In this news article, it states that law enforcement arcoss the nation have been arresting citizens for taping police alertcations with random civilians. A superior example of this would be that, when Emily Good of Rochester, NY, was arrested for video taping a police incident on her own front lawn. Another favorable example would be that Seth Kreimer of the University of Pennsylvania, has written many papers on this particular topic. And from his research he has found that, three different courts have upheld this first amendment right. And a recent court hearing said that the ability to take pictures, videos, etc. makes everyone a journnalist, and are protected under this amendment.

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Obama Shows Dictators How to Dodge a Free Press

Obama Shows Dictators How to Dodge a Free Press | Freedom of the Press | Scoop.it
Foreign reporters arriving for President Obama's nuclear summit must have been sorely disappointed if they expected a glimpse of the "vaunted American" freedom of press, Dana Milbank writes... News Summaries.
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In this news article, it states that forgien ministers were not pleased with President Obama. They were expecting to see the flaunting of America's Freedom of the Press. This also states, that the press only was able to see Obama's eight- minute opening speech along with a 20 minute questioning period. And everything else was closed of to all media during the body of his speech. This is a great example of how we are shunning our 1st Amendment right.

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Court: OK to block press from polling places

Court: OK to block press from polling places | Freedom of the Press | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that preventing reporters and photographers from entering active polling places is constitutional, saying that a Pennsylvania law to that effect does not violate the First Amendment rights of the press.
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In this news article, it is saying that a federal appeals court ruled in favor to prevent reporters and photograghers from entering polling facilities during the election years. And the parent company of the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette, challenged the state law. In which they argued that it was fair, legal, and constitutional to enter polling places. The only reason that this was upheld, is because when the Supreme Court got involved they said that, voting is supposed to be a secret activity, not for the whole entire world or country to see. So the law in Pennsylvania was upheld. I think that this should be taken away because, they are not taking photograph's of the peoples vote or being in the booth with the person, the media just wants to show the different polling places around the country.

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Press freedom group in Colombia releases guide for reporters facing libel, slander charges

Press freedom group in Colombia releases guide for reporters facing libel, slander charges | Freedom of the Press | Scoop.it
Concerned about the growing threat of slander and libel lawsuits as tool to censor the press, the Free Press Foundation (FLIP in Spanish) released "Outside Justice: a manual for j
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This article is saying that the "Free Press Foundation" is worried that this amendment right will soon be disposed of. They have said that according to their data, 48 criminal charges have been put against journalists over the past 7 years. Also, the group has come up with a manual for journalists around the world. It can be used for advice for journalists, lawyers, and other legal experts. When you really think about it, the way the world is today I would not be suprised to see some amendments challenged by the people and possibly removed.

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Background

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The reason on why Freedom of the Press has occured, is because during the American Revolution, the English officials abridged the press so that the people could not let classified government papers leak out. And, if and when that was to happen there could be a large revolt. If a new tax was going to be put in place, and the people published a news article about it, the article would get around the whole area. We know that in this age that news travels extremely fast. And before you know it either the whole school knows about the news or the whole town.

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Committee votes down bill that would make it a crime to publish information on gun owners

Committee votes down bill that would make it a crime to publish information on gun owners | Freedom of the Press | Scoop.it
A bill making it a crime to publish information about gun owners died in its first committee hearing Thursday.
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From this website, it states that a bill that would have made it a crime to publish any information about a gun owner or owners. This proposed bill did not pass its first hearing. The contents of this bill entain publishing a map of pistol permit holders all across the area. But, by publishing a map of permits in a specific area, you are contradicting what you want to become a crime. So then what is the point in bringing this to a court, I really do not understand.

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Feinstein: Assange is not a journalist

Feinstein: Assange is not a journalist | Freedom of the Press | Scoop.it
Glenn Greenwald, the ne plus ultra of critics of what he calls the "surveillance state" -- and of the Obama administration's anti-terror tactics -- is accusing Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) of...
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In this news article, it states that the woman above, does not believe that WikiLeaks should be protected under the first amendment right. By saying this she has caused a firestorm, not surrounding this issue, but in others. It is believed that, the people think that the press recieves lots of different protections regular people do not agree with. The Supreme Court has already abatemented to uphold that the 1st Amendment protects the journalists' right to conceal their sources. Both Justice Department guidelines and state, that it sheilds laws provide some protection, only for journalists though.

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High school journalists on freedom of the press

Student journalists comment on why freedom of the press matters to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2011.
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What this video is saying is that Freedom of the Press lets people express their feelings and news to the world. And by doing this, the citizens of the country will not know certain peices of information, by which the journalist share with us. But taking that away from us, is pretty much telling us that our Freedom of Speech is taken away from us as American citizens. Also, what will end up happening to the newspapers in the nar future, will they become a thing of the past? This is not what our Founding Fathers really wanted to happen, they thought that this would let us as humans communicate and understand the world better. Essentially, these high school students want to be advocates of change for the future of journalism.

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Freedom of Press Deteriorating

The arrest of two RT journalists is just one of many examples where reporters have been detained by the police at events that they were covering in a profess...
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In this video, the main question of discussion is whether or not the police in our country have become too impulsive when it comes to making arrests. Joel Silberman believes that there is a pattern going on with freedom of the press. He also says that officers are trying to control the amount of news we actually here during events such as strikes. Joel believes that we are living in a tough time, going through secrurity, and thinks that Isreal has a better system than America. And I agree with him when he says that it is very scary and concerning.

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Journalist access | First Amendment Center – news, commentary, analysis on free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition

Journalist access | First Amendment Center – news, commentary, analysis on free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition | Freedom of the Press | Scoop.it
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From this source, it states that the first amendment holds congress back from making any law abiding the freedom of speech or press. Also, free press rights have been in lots of pressure between the country's privacy rights. An additional fact is that hidden camera's are illegal in the following states, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Utah. And it is also illegal to record any private conversations with out the consent of both people, in these states, California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland,  Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and  Washington. A lesson would be that careful, respectful journalism will almost always prove safe, but the more agressive the journalist the higher the penalty he/she will face.

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