Free Press

Free Press Focus

The Alliance has long advocated for First Amendment protections and for an open and transparent government. Journalists serve a valuable role in providing reliable and truthful information to the public and provide exceptional content that meets the highest journalistic standards. Lawmakers must recognize and protect the fundamental rights of free speech and freedom of the press.

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News/Media Alliance Joins Brief Arguing Against Unconstitutional Prior Restraint
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News/Media Alliance Joins Brief Arguing Against Unconstitutional Prior Restraint

On March 6, 2024, the Alliance joined a brief in Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) v. U.S. Park Police filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of HRDC in a FOIA records dispute ... Read More
News/Media Alliance Joins 30 Groups on Letter in Support of Strengthening New York’s Freedom of Information Law
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News/Media Alliance Joins 30 Groups on Letter in Support of Strengthening New York’s Freedom of Information Law

As part of Sunshine week, on March 11, 2024, the Alliance joined a letter with a coalition of groups urging the New York legislature and Governor Hochul to pass a package of legislation that would strengthen New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) ... Read More
Journalists’ Rights Still Hang in the Balance as We Observe Another Sunshine in Government Week
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Journalists’ Rights Still Hang in the Balance as We Observe Another Sunshine in Government Week

This Sunshine in Government Week, journalists’ rights still hang in the balance. The News/Media Alliance continues to support journalist efforts to increase government transparency and protections for journalists ... Read More
Celebrating 60 Years of Free Speech Thanks to This One Pivotal Supreme Court Case
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Celebrating 60 Years of Free Speech Thanks to This One Pivotal Supreme Court Case

This month, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of one of the most important Supreme Court cases – New York Times v. Sullivan – that significantly shaped free speech protections for the press and the public at large ... Read More
Alliance Joins Brief Supporting NPR’s Request for Access to Prison Execution Tapes
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Alliance Joins Brief Supporting NPR’s Request for Access to Prison Execution Tapes

On February 1, 2024, the Alliance joined a brief in National Public Radio (“NPR”) v. Virginia Department of Corrections (“Va. Doc”), filed in the Virginia Court of Appeals in support of NPR’s attempt to obtain audio tapes of former executions from the Va. DOC under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act ... Read More
Alliance Joins Brief Arguing California Anti-SLAPP Fee-Shifting Provision Applies in Federal Court
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Alliance Joins Brief Arguing California Anti-SLAPP Fee-Shifting Provision Applies in Federal Court

On February 8, 2024, the Alliance joined a brief in Martinez v. ZoomInfo Technologies, Inc. filed in the Ninth Circuit, in which the plaintiff sued ZoomInfo, a professional web directory service, alleging violations of right-of-publicity by including the plaintiff’s name and professional information in a ZoomInfo "teaser" profile to advertise ... Read More
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