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A coalition of free speech groups, publishers and booksellers filed suit July 13 against the State of Massachusetts to block enforcement of a law that would fine and/or imprison for up to ten years anyone who operates a Web site or transmits through e-mail, instant message, text message and other forms of online communication nudity or sexually related material deemed harmful to minors.
Massachusetts’ attempt to craft such a law is the latest in a long line of efforts by states and the federal government to punish those who post “harmful” material online.
Dave Weigel (Washington Post) and Octavia Nasr (CNN) had, and lost, some of the most enviable jobs in professional journalism, because they expressed controversial opinions in comments published online.
A federal appeals court has handed Texas schoolchildren an early holiday gift -- and, thanks to the court, they can actually call it a "Christmas present" out loud.
The Fifth Circuit U.S.
Setting up a showdown at the Supreme Court that could topple the 32-year-old "seven dirty words" standard for broadcast indecency, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday that the First Amendment prohibited the Federal Communications Commission from fining television stations for "fleeting expletives" blurted out on their broadcasts.
The 3-0 ruling in Fox Television Stations, Inc. v.
On the surface, it does not appear that college students would have much at stake in a court case arising out of the attention-grabbing antics of Kansas clergyman Fred Phelps, whose repugnant anti-gay protests outside the funerals of American soldiers got him sued by the family of a slain Marine.
But a coalition of free-speech advocates is telling the U.S.
Will Meyer is grateful for the Student Free Press Award that he received in the Montana High School Better Newspaper contest, but the sting of the censorship battle that prompted his recognition remains.
Meyer, who will begin his tenure as editor-in-chief of Bozeman High School's Hawk Talk in August, was recognized for fighting to prevent administrative censorship of the newspaper, after the principal prohibited the staff from running the complete version of a story that listed the average GPAs of school athletic teams.
In what Meyer called "one of the most interesting things the paper did all year," the administration stopped the newspaper from printing the average GPAs that fell below 3.0, which Meyer said only made the school look like it had something to hide.
Meyer's experience highlights the abuse of administrative power that is all too common with prior-review regimes that are trying to maintain a polished image for their schools.
But Meyer, who was sports editor at the time of the story's publication, said the staff didn't have an agenda when writing the article, and its publication wasn't intended toe embarrass the school.