Sessions Information

  • January 3, 2020
    8:30 am - 10:15 am
    Session Type: Section Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
    Room: Delaware A
    Floor: Lobby Level


    One of the critical pillars of democracy is a robust and independent press. The press today faces a variety of threats, of which the panel will examine three kinds: 1) physical threats against journalists and newsrooms; 2) lawsuits against the press and journalist prosecutions as “weaponized” political theater; and 3) self-destructive press behavior. Is proposed legislation protecting journalists from physical danger desirable or flawed? In response to strategic lawsuits designed to cripple the press in the court of public opinion, should we be looking to the adoption of federal anti-SLAPP laws? Or do stories of press misbehavior and partisanship and the realities of a fragmented media environment counsel caution in seeking expanded press protections? What can be done to improve journalistic function and bolster confidence in the institution of the press in light of a clear-headed look at modern media practice?
     
    Business meeting at program conclusion. 

Session Speakers
Organization: Yale Law School
Speaker

Organization: University of Miami School of Communication
Speaker

Organization: University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law
Speaker

Organization: University of Miami School of Law
Moderator

Organization: University of Missouri School of Law
Speaker

Session Fees
  • [4100] Communication, Media & Information Law, Co-Sponsored by Defamation and Privacy - Danger, Drama, and Self-Defeat? Diagnosing What Faces "The Press": $0.00