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2023 Winter/Spring: Volume 28, Number 2
Below is the Table of Contents for the Winter/Spring 2023 edition of the Silha Bulletin. Click on the title to read the full article.
Cover Story: Minnesota Supreme Court Expands Rules for Camera Access to Criminal Proceedings
On March 15, 2023, the Minnesota Supreme Court announced new rules for audio and visual coverage of criminal proceedings in district courts.
Defamation: Dominion Lawsuit Against Fox Sparks Debate About Boundaries of Actual Malice
Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation lawsuit against the Fox Corporation and its subsidiaries, settled on the eve of trial on April 18, 2023, dominated news coverage of the media throughout the first months of the year, with Fox’s internal communications raising questions about gaps between what the news organization said in private and what it put on air.
Endangered Journalists: Wall Street Journal’s Evan Gershkovich Charged with Espionage by Russian Authorities
On March 30, 2023, Agence France-Press (AFP) reported that American journalist Evan Gershkovich had been arrested on March 29 by Russian Security services while on a reporting trip in Yekaterinburg, Russia, 800 miles east of Moscow.
Endangered Journalists: U.S. Journalists Face Threats, Violence at Home
In the first months of 2023, reporters in the United States saw attacks from several directions.
U.S. Supreme Court: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Section 230, Free Expression, Anti-Discrimination, and True Threats
In the 2022-23 term, the Supreme Court heard cases regarding Section 230 reform, whether public business owners can utilize their First Amendment rights to discriminate against customers, and whether an objective or subjective intent requirement is necessary to prove speech to be truly threatening.
Big Tech: Federal Government Continues Push to Regulate and Break Up Online Monoliths
The first part of 2023 saw continued efforts by the Biden Administration to rein in Big Tech, from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust lawsuits to proposed legislative packages that have stalled in Congress.
Federal Courts: Federal Courts Hear Cases with Widespread Implications for Press Freedom and Access
A citizen journalist in Texas was arrested for asking a police officer a question about information that had not been made public, and she sued various public officials for First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment violations.
Free Speech: Minnesota Professor Embroiled in National Controversy Over Free Speech, Academic Freedom
A small liberal arts college in Minnesota drew national scrutiny for its handling of an incident in which a professor displayed images of the Prophet Muhammad in violation of the beliefs of some Muslims.
Trump and the Media: Former President Donald Trump Involved in Lawsuits Regarding Access, Copyright, and Defamation
In the years since former President Donald Trump left office, he has continued to draw attention for his involvement in media law issues.
War in Ukraine: Russia’s War in Ukraine Continues to Challenge Journalists’ Ability to Cover the Conflict
Beginning with the Winter/Spring 2022 issue, the Silha Bulletin has monitored the effects of the war in Ukraine on the media.
Ethics: Media Ethics Roundup: Fox’s Election Coverage; NYT’s Backlash for “Inflammatory” Reporting; Risks Associated with the Rise of AI
In the first few months of 2023, media ethics issues have emerged from coverage of highly-politicized news issues.