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Online Content, Media Violence and Broadband Access Dominate First Amendment Developments in 2000

Media Institute's Book Takes Comprehensive View of First Amendment Challenges

FOR RELEASE: April 20, 2001

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
703-243-5700

 

(Washington) -- From cable scrambling to media violence to encrypted speech, the challenges to the First Amendment in 2000 were numerous, according to a new book to be released April 24 by The Media Institute. The First Amendment and the Media -2001 details 54 of the most significant First Amendment issues in the past year.

The book discusses four broad categories of First Amendment challenges - online issues; broadcasting and cable television; commercial speech; and libel law/punitive damages/prior restraint. In these areas, the book specifically focuses on government challenges to media speakers. Noted First Amendment scholar, Floyd Abrams, wrote the book's introduction.

Published under the auspices of the Cornerstone Project, a Media Institute program celebrating the First Amendment, the book serves as a reminder that First Amendment threats are continually evolving.

"The First Amendment is being nibbled at in many ways," said Richard T. Kaplar, vice president of The Media Institute. "The courts have been striving to resolve First Amendment rights in the online environment but no medium has been free from government challenges to free speech."

Copies of The First Amendment and the Media - 2001 are available for review by working journalists, or may be purchased for $29.95 each (plus $2 shipping) from the Publications Department, The Media Institute, Suite 301, 1000 Potomac St., N.W., Washington D.C., 20007. Orders may be phoned to (202) 298-7512 or faxed to (202) 337-7092.