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Topic: First Amendment

Is the FCC's Latest Study an Attempt to Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine?

Required broadcasters to give equal time to competing views

A new study proposed by the Federal Communications Commission caught the wrath of 16 GOP members of the Commerce Committee, who see it as a sneaky way to bring back…

Court Upholds Ban on Political Ads on Public Stations

Full court reverses earlier decision

Public TV and radio stations will remain commercial-free, as a federal appeals court has upheld the federal ban on political advertising on such stations. In an 8-3 decision, the U.S. Court…

Google: We Have a Right to Publish Security Requests

Petitions FISA on First Amendment grounds

Saying that its reputation and business has been harmed by false reports in the media that the government had direct access to its data, Google petitioned the U.S. Foreign Intelligence…

Feds Abandon Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels [Updated]

FDA to research a new approach

The Food and Drug Administration is backing down from its controversial cigarette warning labels that landed it in court on First Amendment grounds, according to an Associated Press report.  Instead of…

Advertisers Urge Supreme Court to Hear Tobacco Ad Case

Chances for appeal are good

The Supreme Court may be the next stop for advertisers fighting against the government's proposal to force tobacco companies to place graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. The Association of…

Feds Strike Out on Cigarette Warning Labels

Court of Appeals rules that 'mini billboards' violate free speech; Supreme Court could be next

The federal government's proposal to force tobacco manufacturers to place 36 graphic cigarette warning labels on the top half of the front and back of all cigarette packages was struck…

FCC Hands Match to Tennis Channel in Dispute With Comcast

Unprecedented decision is also win for independent programmers

The Federal Communications Commission ruled 3-2 against Comcast today, agreeing with the agency's administrative law judge that the cable giant discriminated against the Tennis Channel. As a result of the decision, Comcast…

Court Rules Political Ads Can Air on Public Stations

Upholds ban on spots for commercial goods and services

Political ads may soon air on public radio and TV—a major shift in the nature of public broadcasting. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth…

Court Upholds Cigarette Warning Label Statute

New tobacco law likely headed to Supreme Court

The statute that led the federal government to propose new graphic cigarette warning labels is probably headed for the Supreme Court. In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of…

FCC Opens Inquiry Into BART Mobile Shutdown

Commission's authority in free speech case is unclear

The Federal Communications Commission officially stepped into the debate over the right of government authorities to shut down mobile services in the interest of public safety. The FCC's notice of…

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