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Winter/Spring 2022 Silha Bulletin
Below is the Table of Contents for the Winter/Spring 2022 edition of the Silha Bulletin. Click on the title to read the full article.
Cover Story: Russian War Against Ukraine Results in Numerous Challenges to International Media
After spending weeks building up a huge military force along the Ukrainian border, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.
War in Ukraine: War in Ukraine Raises Issues of Misinformation and Concerns Regarding Media Bias
As the war in Ukraine continues, social media platforms have facilitated the spread of misinformation from Russian state media and other actors.
War in Ukraine: Numerous Journalists Endangered and Killed Covering the War in Ukraine
On Feb. 25, 2022, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim A. A. Khan QC, announced in a statement that he had decided to open an investigation into the allegations of war crimes being committed in the course of the war in Ukraine.
Police Injunction: Court Order, Settlement Prohibit Minnesota State Patrol From Arresting and Attacking Journalists, Require Improved Training, Technology
On Feb. 8, 2022, Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota approved a permanent injunction in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota on behalf of several members of the news media, among other individuals, who faced arrests, use of force, and threats by police during racial justice protests and demonstrations in the Twin Cities.
Court Access: Minnesota Journalists Fight for Court Access
Throughout the early months of 2022, media groups continued to fight for access to Minnesota courts.
Subpoenaed Journalists: Subpoenas Target Minnesota Journalists with Connection to Police Actions at George Floyd Protests
On March 18, 2022, the City of Minneapolis served subpoenas on three local journalists in connection with a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by photojournalist Linda Tirado, who was blinded in one eye after being shot by police with a foam bullet during the unrest following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.
Journalism Regulation: State Legislatures Restrict Press Access; Arkansas Senate Creates New Media Credentialing Process, Drops Ban on Cellphone Recording and Livestreaming by the Public
In the first half of 2022, at least three states approved new rules restricting press access to the legislature.
Access: SCOTUS Clears the Way for Release of White House Documents Connected to Capitol Insurrection; House Committee Suggests It Has Evidence of Illegal Actions by President Trump, Others
On Feb. 22, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court formally declined to hear former President Donald Trump’s effort to block the release of some White House records sought by the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (Committee).
Ethics: Media Organizations Raise Ethics Concerns about Conflicts of Interest, Reporting Inaccuracies, and Omitted Context
A number of media ethics issues surrounding conflicts of interest, litigation over a retraction involving allegedly inaccurate reporting, and misrepresentation of the statements of an interview subject have arisen in the first few months of 2022.
Defamation: Courts Continue to Grapple with Defamation Cases Involving Sarah Palin, Former President Trump, and Election Misinformation
In the early months of 2022, courts considered a number of high-profile defamation cases.
Supreme Court: Retrospective: Justice Breyer’s Jurisprudence, Legacy
On Jan. 27, 2022, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced in a letter to President Joe Biden that he would retire in summer 2022 after nearly 28 years on the Court.
Silha Center Events: 2022 Silha Center Spring Forum Focuses on the Ethical Considerations of Covering and Depicting People with Disabilities
During the 2022 Silha Center Spring Ethics Forum, “One in Four: The Ethics of Covering People with Disabilities,” on April 4, 2022, award-winning journalist Jane McClure, editor of Access Press, which describes itself as “the upper Midwest’s disability community news source,” contended that “writing about disability is complicated.. . .”