AAN News

AAN Joins Letter Protesting Treatment of Photographers in Atlanta

Police harassment of photographers (and reporters) in public spaces around the country continues to be a problem on a regular basis. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  10-09-2015  4:30 pm  |  Legal News

AAN Speaks Out in New Jersey Open Records Case

A New Jersey appellate court concluded that an agency can discharge its disclosure obligations under OPRA by issuing a press release in lieu of releasing records. We disagree. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  09-29-2015  4:00 pm  |  Legal News

AAN Joins Letter Against Gag Order in Biker Gang Riot Trial

The gag order was issued by the judge of one of the 177 criminal prosecutions of participants in the huge riot/fight/shootout between rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas in May. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  09-21-2015  3:15 pm  |  Legal News

AAN Joins Coalition Urging French Data Regulator to Reconsider 'Right to be Forgotten' Delisting Order

AAN signed on to a letter to the independent French data protection agency urging it to rescind its order that Google search delistings required under the European Union's "right to be forgotten" rule include domains not just in France or Europe, but around the world. (FULL STORY)
RCFP  |  09-15-2015  3:30 pm  |  Legal News

Sacramento News & Review Launches Legal Defense Fundnew

SN&R has launched a GoFundMe campaign aimed at offsetting legal costs associated with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's lawsuit against the paper.
News & Review  |  09-03-2015  4:00 pm  |  Legal News

AAN Wants Access to Public Officials' Emails

Government employees are increasingly using personal email accounts to conduct public business. When these records are accessed, they often show government misconduct. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  08-20-2015  11:00 am  |  Legal News

AAN Joins Letter Asking for Charges Dropped Against Reporters Arrested in Ferguson

AAN was one of 39 media organizations who signed a letter drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press asking St. Louis County prosecutors to drop charges brought against two reporters arrested during last year's protests in Ferguson, Mo. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  08-18-2015  7:00 pm  |  Legal News

INDY Week Sues Gov. and State of North Carolinanew

INDY Week has joined a coalition of other media outlets and nonprofits in suing North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and the heads of several state agencies, alleging that they have violated the state's open records laws.
INDY Week  |  07-22-2015  4:00 pm  |  Legal News

Fun With FOIA: #FixFOIAby50

#FixFOIAby50 is a Sunshine in Government Initiative effort to move legislation to reform the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  07-10-2015  4:00 pm  |  Legal News

Sacramento News & Review Sued by Mayor Kevin Johnsonnew

The litigation is meant to force SN&R to agree that the city should not disclose certain emails even though the city attorney has determined them to be public records.
Sacramento News & Review  |  07-06-2015  6:00 pm  |  Legal News

AAN Joins Amicus Brief to Unseal Court Records

Court records are the meat and potatoes of the local accountability reporting AAN members engage in and excel at. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  07-02-2015  4:00 pm  |  Legal News

AAN Supports Important Federal Legislation, You Should Too!

At first blush, Congressional legislation to reform the federal Freedom of Information Act and create a new "Anti-SLAPP" law don't have much in common. But they do. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  06-16-2015  11:00 am  |  Legal News

Why Federal Anti-SLAPP Legislation Is So Important to AAN

AAN welcomes the introduction of the “Speak Free Act,” a bill which brings Anti-SLAPP protection to those who have previously done without. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  05-27-2015  1:25 pm  |  Legal News

AAN Joins Amicus Brief Arguing for Disclosure of Grand Jury Materials in Eric Garner Case

AAN and 28 other media organizations filed an amicus brief in support of an appeal of the denial of access to information from the Eric Garner grand jury investigation in Long Island, N.Y. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  05-19-2015  3:00 pm  |  Legal News

AAN Joins ACLU Letter Opposing Renewal of USA Patriot Act Section 215

The letter expressly does not take a position on the USA Patriot Act as a whole; it simply says that Congress should not extend in another blanket extension of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  05-15-2015  8:15 am  |  Legal News