Media and Missouri: What the heck is going on?

Freedom to report the news necessarily means the freedom to gather it, and police in Ferguson, Mo., have blatantly tried to stop journalists from doing their jobs.

Still risky for citizens to video police – even in public places

By Clay Calvert Some court rulings have upheld the right of citizens to photograph and film police in public, but citizens take their chances when they pull out their cameras.

Supreme Court: Fox News reporter protected by N.Y. ‘shield’

And hear an interview with Jana Winter after lower-court ruling against her.

FCC study: Necessary report or ‘national news nanny’?

The government’s record on good intentions and the news media provides enough cause to worry.

Bloggers enjoy First Amendment protection against libel suits

In a landmark decision, a federal appellate court held for the first time that blogs enjoy the same First Amendment protection from libel suits as traditional news media.

When and why we need to hear 911 calls

There are strong First Amendment reasons for disclosure of 911 calls, including those recently released from last year’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Reporting JFK’s death – 50 years of facts, conspiracy theories

Outside of the most rabid conspiracy circles, it’s fair to say we know a great deal about the assassination of President Kennedy thanks to a half-century of news and information brought to us unfettered by government censorship.

Preview: First Amendment issues on Supreme Court docket

Six cases on its docket raise First Amendment issues, including high-profile disputes over campaign finance reform and church-state relations.

First Amendment Moot Court registration underway

All application materials must be submitted by Oct. 4 for the 2014 competition, scheduled for Feb. 20-21, 2014.

Stephen Stills honored for free speech through music

In recognition of the power of free speech set to music, the First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association join together each year to honor a prominent musician who has used his or her music to contribute to the markeplace of ideas. Awardees have come from a wide musical and political spectrum, including Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Daniels and Mavis Staples.

Who holds the news media accountable? We all do

In-house ombudsmen who publicly criticize bad reporting by their news organizations help the public judge news-media credibility.

With Post purchase, Bezos has chance to remake newspaper model

Can Amazon founder sustain focus on holding government accountable in an era of news as celebrity fluff and pundit chatter?

On today’s card: national security vs. public’s right to know

We’re only in the early rounds of balancing legitimate national-security concerns against over-classification and with the need of the public for accurate information on what its government is doing.

Arresting journalists-at-work is a double-negative

Journalists – reporters and photographers – are being arrested while reporting on public demonstrations or police activity on matters of public interest.

Second try at a shield law echoes the first

An irony of timing twice has put U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning in the headlines at critical moments in gaining congressional approval of a federal shield law that would protect journalists and their confidential sources.