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Ocasio-Cortez Apologizes for Blocking Critic on Twitter

While our courts continue to apply and set precedents for free speech liberties in the digital age, Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is receiving accolades for her handling of the First Amendment violation suit against her for blocking a critic on Twitter.  And you’ll never guess where the praise is coming from: the Knight First Amendment Institute. That’s right — the same organization that filed suit against President Donald Trump for blocking critics from his Twitter […]

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Sarah Palin Revives Lawsuit Against NY Times 

In 2017, the New York Times published an article regarding a printed map Sarah Palin’s political action committee distributed. It included superimposed images of crosshairs over Democratic congressional districts to be challenged in future elections. As I wrote then, Sarah Palin filed a defamation suit against the New York Times based on the article’s implicit connection between her PAC’s map and an Arizona mass shooting. The trial court dismissed her lawsuit based on an early […]

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Edward L. Birk attends Forum on Communications Law

Florida News Media & First Amendment attorney Ed Birk served as a faculty member during the 2019 Media Advocacy Workshop at the American Bar Association’s annual Forum on Communications Law in Miami Beach. The workshop provides an opportunity for law students and young media attorneys to hone their skills advocating legal interests associated with free speech and a free press, both of which are fundamental rights in our Constitution. Twenty students participated in the advocacy […]

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