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From Peter Zenger to Don Imus: Is the First Amendment Alive and Well?

On June 22, 2007 by Schnader

On June 22, 2007,¬†Carl Solano moderated a program titled “From Peter Zenger to Don Imus: Is the First Amendment Alive and Well?” as part of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ 31st Annual Conference. The event, held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was attended by more than 100 journalists from across the United States.

The panel included: Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson; Philadelphia Daily News editor Michael Days; WPHT Radio host Dom Giordano; and Bloomsburg University communications professor Walter Brasch. Carl opened the program by discussing key events in media law in the first half of 2007. Carl and the panelists then engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of major issues facing the press, including news reporting about judges; recent increases in subpoenas served on reporters and proposals for a federal Shield Law; national security restrictions on reporting; and, limitations on press access to government information.