Newsgathering Rights


“In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy.”
New York Times Co. v. United States 403 U.S. 713, 717 (1971)

MFIA pursues litigation and advocates for policies needed to protect the essential work of newsgatherers in the digital age. Our current cases include:

Animal Legal Defense Fund, et al. v. C.L. Butch Otter and Lawrence Wasden, 1:14-cv-00104-BLW (9th Cir.)
MFIA authored a Ninth Circuit amicus brief on behalf of the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression and a coalition of First Amendment Scholars in support of plaintiffs-respondents challenging the constitutionality of Idaho’s “ag-gag” law, which criminalizes any recording of images of meat packing operations or other agricultural facilities without the express prior consent of the owner.  The Clinic’s brief advocates for the recognition of a right to record matters of public concern from any location where a person is lawfully present.