Robert Durst Loses a Round as Murder Trial Approaches

A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt by defense attorneys for accused murderer Robert Durst to strip the producers of an Emmy-winning documentary series about Durst’s alleged crimes of protection under California’s journalist shield law by having them declared “government agents.”

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Irreverent Student Newspaper Wins Ninth Circuit Ruling Over ‘Safe Spaces’ Satire

Securing a win for collegiate free press, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that a case involving the University of California, San Diego’s satirical student newspaper The Koala, free speech and student organization funding should not have been dismissed.

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Quest for Food Stamp Data Lands Newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify fraud in the now $65 billion-a-year program.

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Europe Worries Over Attacks on Journalists, Press Freedom

A Sicilian journalist’s house was searched last week by Italian authorities and his telephone and computer hard drives were combed over. What was his offense? He wrote an article in March revealing leaked details about a probe into alleged police misconduct in the investigation following one of Italy’s most troubling and murky crimes, the car bombing of an anti-mafia judge in 1992.

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