In a 2013 ruling, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati threw out a First Amendment challenge by an anti-abortion political committee that sought to invalidate an Ohio law penalizing factually false speech in the course of political campaigns.
Convicted of making threats against his estranged wife and law-enforcement officers via posts on his Facebook page, Anthony Elonis challenged the conviction as a violation of his First Amendment rights.
Journalism teacher Ben Lange refused to engage in censorship that he saw unlawful based on the Iowa Student Free Expression Law.
In spring 2004, Kansas State Collegian adviser Ron Johnson was fired after the school’s journalism director reviewed the paper and said he found the overall quality to be poor.
The student newspaper at Ithaca High School, The Tattler, wrote an editorial questioning whether their sex education classes needed to go into such explicit detail.
On March 2010, Elon University student journalist Nick Ochsner requested records about an on-campus arrest by campus police.
The Daily Titan at California State University, Fullerton is the 2013-14 winner of the University of Georgia’s Betty Gage Holland Award for excellence in college journalism.
Six leading open-government organizations, including the Student Press Law Center, called Wednesday for congressional hearings on the rampant abuse of the federal student privacy law, FERPA, which enables schools and colleges to conceal scandals by misclassifying government documents as “education records.”
A coalition of nonprofit advocates supporting a positive school learning climate joined Monday in urging a New York court to declare unconstitutional a statute that makes “cyberbullying” a crime punishable by a year in jail.
In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission, the Student Press Law Center urges the Commission to reconsider a strict enforcement regime that threatens broadcasters who air “fleeting” profanity with fines that can exceed the entire yearly budget for a student-run radio station.