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Winter/Spring 2021 Silha Bulletin

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Cover Story: Members of the Press Detained and Targeted with Use of Force by Police, Despite Court Order
The trial of former Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officer Derek Chauvin, charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter after he pressed his knee into the neck of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, who died at the scene in May 2020, began on March 29, 2021.

A Message from the Director
Regular readers of the Silha Bulletin will recognize that the Winter/Spring 2021 issue is a departure from our usual format. 

Special Research Paper: Targeting News While Targeted by Police: How the Lack of First Amendment Protection for Newsgathering Allows Greater Law Enforcement Intrusion and Interference
On June 30, 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in New York Times v. United States — the landmark case known as the “Pentagon Papers” — that prior restraints upon the press are almost always unconstitutional, setting an almost insurmountable standard under the First Amendment.

Special Research Paper: Content Moderation and Constitutional Hurdles: First Amendment Limitations on Platform Regulation
On May 5, 2021, the Facebook Oversight Board, the body created by Facebook to resolve the company’s content removal decisions, issued its ruling on the indefinite suspension of President Donald Trump from the platform. 

Special Research Paper: Challenging Government Secrecy: An Analysis of Minnesota Government Data Practices Act Cases in Administrative Court
What happens when public records requesters are denied access to government information? In Minnesota, requesters seeking records under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) have several options.
 

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