Legal: On this page, you’ll find readings, essays and information pertinent to the legal portion of CMM 445, Legal and Ethical Issues in communication. The Ethical page of readings, essays and information can be found on the box that drops down once your put your cursor over the Legal and Ethical title on the site’s main page.
Below is a collection of essays regarding contemporary issues facing the First Amendment, created by the Newseum Institute.
America’s love-hate relationship with the First Amendment
Is a federal campus speech law needed?
The Google memo
Culture wars come to Silicon Valley
Is the Google firing a First Amendment issue?
Recording police is protected speech
First Amendment report card
Many Americans say colleges should not protect controversial speakers
Best school policy: Keep hands off social media pages
How we communicate is changing
Corporations are cracking down on free speech inside the office – and out
Passionate, patriotic protest in defense of civil disorder
Is hate speech protected?
Assaulting a journalist and still winning election
When leaks dry up, we turn to FOIA
Trump’s use of Twitter puts him in Constitutional hot water
A tough question: Just how ‘JeSuisCharlie’ to be?
#JeSuisCharlie — another way to say ‘Freedom’
In the land of the free, why are schools so afraid of freedom?
Legendary editor Ben Bradlee: For it all, thank you
What will keep unfounded Ebola reports from ‘going viral?’
Executing journalists a savage, futile act
Celebrating two First Amendment landmark moments
Why protect speech we don’t want to hear?
Duke, Muslims and the politics of intimidation
First Amendment freedoms cast in leading role in 2014
Sure you can say that … but please don’t
Free speech can be a shield or a sword, as Cosby furor shows
Social media no longer just free expression ‘toy box’
For religious freedom and LGBT rights, a year of confusion
Without religious freedom, there will be no lasting peace
As LGBT rights expand, remember the First Amendment
Welcome to college, where religious freedom goes to die
Why branding ISIS matters
With the stroke of a pen
Gay marriage and the First Amendment
Do corporations have religious freedom
Vladimir Putin’s Potemkin village
Fox News-Seth Rich lawsuit
Oliver and coal
Eric Bolling of Fox News sues reporter over sexual harassment allegations
Access to information
Leaking vs. Whistleblowing
Unsure about leaking information versus how to disclose information legally? Watch this Washington Post video for guidelines.
Protecting news sources
Should government subpoena reporters to reveal their sources of leaked information?
Citing free speech, ACLU sues Washington Metro
Rhode Island legislation