This month’s SPLC podcast: Mississippi court allows broadcast of leaked footage shot inside juvenile prison

A persistent misperception that hampers journalists’ ability to do their jobs – one that many journalists themselves share – is that it’s against the law to publish images and information about minors without parental consent.One of the sources of this myth is journalists’ own practice of voluntarily concealing the identities of child subjects.

This is a big #$%&@-ing deal – federal appeals court strikes down FCC’s “fleeting expletives” rule

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.

At UCSD, the remedy for bad speech is … no speech?

The SPLC's Adam Goldstein, in his debut blog on the Huffington Post's new collegiate media site, offers a provocative take on why the University of California-San Diego may be violating the First Amendment in its response to the racially offensive remarks of a few judgment-impaired campus agitators.Staff members of The Koala -- a no-holds-barred humor publication that perennially pushes the boundaries of good taste -- exacerbated campus tensions over some fraternity jokesters' racially themed cookout, by making sport of the controversy (including, reportedly, using the n-word) during a campus television broadcast.In response, the president of UCSD's student government, in an action ratified last week by  the Student Senate, impounded funding for all student media -- impacting some 30 media outlets, most entirely unconnected with The Koala -- to compel their editors to agree to a civil-speech code as a condition for continued funding.On Friday, University of California President Mark G.