The Meaning of the Hacking Trial, a free press would be a really good idea – Des Freedman

27 06 2014

Press on SaleWhen asked what he thought of western civilisation, the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi replied that ‘I think it would be a great idea’. The verdicts handed down from the phone hacking trial together with the information contained during the eight months at the Old Bailey suggest pretty much the same thing. We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don’t appear to have one now. Read the rest of this entry »





Texas Bill Would Allow Publishers to Correct or Retract Content to Avoid Damages – Jillian Stonecipher

16 03 2013

texasccTexas State Representative Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, has proposed a “retraction statute” that, if passed, will protect journalists both online and offline and promote truth and efficiency both in and out of court.

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and the Texas Press Association assisted Hunter in drafting Texas House Bill 1759 (HB 1759), which would require a prospective plaintiff to give a publisher an opportunity to correct, clarify, or withdraw false content before filing a defamation lawsuit. Read the rest of this entry »