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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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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
News/Media Alliance Files Amicus Brief Supporting DMCA Copyright Framework for the Protection of Technical Measures
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News/Media Alliance Files Amicus Brief Supporting DMCA Copyright Framework for the Protection of Technical Measures

On February 9, the News/Media Alliance joined a brief, filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, explaining how section 1201 of the Copyright Act is consistent with, and supportive of First Amendment protections ... Read More
Statement: News/Media Alliance Applauds Passage of PRESS Act in House
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Statement: News/Media Alliance Applauds Passage of PRESS Act in House

The News/Media Alliance applauds the House of Representatives for unanimously passing H.R.4250—the Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying Act (PRESS Act). The PRESS Act would establish reasonable ground rules for when the government can obtain confidential source information from journalists and their third-party service providers obtained throughout the newsgathering process ... Read More
Alliance Joins Coalition Brief Defending Group Libel Doctrine
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Alliance Joins Coalition Brief Defending Group Libel Doctrine

On November 3, the Alliance joined a brief in Florio v. Gallaudet, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asking the court to affirm the dismissal of defamation claims filed by Gallaudet University fraternity alumni against The Washington Post and Gallaudet University defendants ... Read More
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News/Media Alliance Applauds California Senate Judiciary Committee for Passing California Journalism Preservation Act - Read more