Supreme Court issues ruling in First Amendment case
On June 16, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, a case in which Media Coalition filed an amicus brief.
The Court held that “a credible threat of enforcement” is a sufficient threat of injury to establish standing in a First Amendment case.
Supreme Court case:
Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus
Media Coalition submitted an amicus brief in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, a case argued before the Supreme Court in April. The brief illustrates the importance of booksellers and others having access to the courts to bring pre-enforcement challenges to laws that infringe First Amendment rights.
Legislative Tracker 2014
Media Coalition tracks hundreds of legislation in Congress and all 50 states that may have First Amendment implications every year. The Legislative Tracker includes up-to-the-minute updates of state and federal legislation, as well as Media Coalition’s summary of the legislation.
Media Coalition Report
Only a Game: Why Censoring New Media Won’t Stop Gun Violence
Media Coalition released a report last year in an effort to educate the public, politicians and journalists, amidst persistent claims that media causes actual violence. The report found that crime statistics do not support that theory; that research into media effects on actual aggression is contested and inconclusive; and that censorship of violent content is barred by the First Amendment for all types of media, but industry self-regulation works.
MEDIA COALITION is an association that defends the First Amendment rights of producers and distributors of books, movies, magazines, recordings, home video, and video games, and defends the American public’s First Amendment right to have access to the broadest possible range of information, opinion and entertainment.
First Amendment news from the web
- The Birmingham Mail (U.K.): New study finds motion sensing technology in video games can be beneficial to your health
- San Jose Mercury News column: “Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech”
- Forbes: Magazine fights Colorado’s restrictions on marijuana-related speech
Supreme Court Upholds Broad Right to Bring First Amendment Challenges in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus
On June 16, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus that held that “a credible threat of enforcement” is a sufficient threat of injury to establish standing in a First Amendment case when bringing a “pre-enforcement” challenge. The Court cited the standard applied in Virginia v. American Booksellers Association, a 1988 case brought by Media Coalition on behalf of its members, as being sufficient injury. Media Coalition members, booksellers, publishers and librarians submitted an amicus brief in Driehaus, urging the Court to uphold the standard in Virginia v. ABA in order to allow future challenges to laws that infringe First Amendment rights.Read the Supreme Court opinion
Media Coalition Executive Director Writes Column on Free Speech Issues
In a column for Publishers Weekly, Media Coalition Executive Director David Horowitz discusses new threats to free speech that Media Coalition continues to fight in Congress, state legislatures and the courts. These threats include legislation limiting the publication of arrest photos, “ag-gag” bills and continued efforts to criminalize speech with sexual content. Horowitz urges First Amendment advocates to stay vigilant.Read the column
Rhode Island House Bill 7766: Governor signed bill into law
Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the amended House Bill 7766 into law, effectively immediately. The amendment limits the bill’s application to material that meets the definition of obscenity under the Miller test. The bill originally would have criminalized the knowing and intentional use of a computer or electronic device to disseminate depictions of graphic or lascivious nudity or graphic sexual conduct to a person known or believed to be a minor.Read more about the bill
On August 7, 2014, Governor Pat McCrory signed the appropriations bill into law. The law does not include the section that would have required publishers and websites to remove criminal record information or publish a retraction upon request if the person was not convicted of the crime.
On July 11, 2014, Governor Maggie Hassan signed New Hampshire House Bill 1144 into law, effective immediately. The arrest photo bill was amended earlier this year to instead create a committee to study “information included in arrest records and access to information on the disposition of criminal cases.”
Governor Jay Nixon signed the amended Missouri House Bill 1665 into law on July 9, 2014. The bill requires removal of arrest photos from websites upon request and was amended to include an exception for news organizations. The law takes effect on August 28, 2014.
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