Martin, Fargo discuss cyber research in document access, anonymous speech


The two spoke at the Faculty Conversation on Multidisciplinary Research Collaborations Feb. 23 at the Maurer School of Law.


Fargo author of article on anonymity as legal right


Associate professor Anthony L. Fargo is the co-author of “Anonymity as a Legal Right: Where and Why It Matters.”


IPI study: Policies on anonymous reader comments in ‘experimental stage’


Center director Anthony Fargo, IU doctoral student Kyle Heatherly and IU alumnus Jason A. Martin, assistant professor at the College of Communication, DePaul University, are authors of a study for the International Press Institute, based on Vienna, that examines law and media practices regarding anonymous speech online. Below is the IPI press release about the study. 
*** VIENNA, Oct. 22, 2014 – Reflective of a lack of global legal consensus, media policies toward anonymous online reader comments remain in an “experimental” stage, a new report commissioned by the International Press Institute (IPI) has concluded. The report, released today, examines law and media best practices from around the world on the question of anonymous speech online, an issue viewed with increasing concern by press freedom advocates.
Most recently, the European Court of Human Rights upheld a civil sanction against an Estonian media outlet, …
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Harbour, Graham to intern with International Press Institute


Two Indiana University School of Journalism students will spend part of their summer in Vienna, Austria, interning with the International Press Institute, a global network of journalists, editors and media executives dedicated to furthering press freedom around the world. The internships are arranged through the school’s Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies.
Junior Grayson Harbour and freshman Alison Graham will produce stories for the IPI website, research topics for the IPI director’s op-ed pieces, write press releases based on stories from IPI reporters in the field, and help maintain IPI’s social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.
Both students said they are looking forward to the internship.
“I find newspapers and the inner-workings of the press fascinating,” Harbour said. “You learn a lot about other countries and their governments through their attitudes toward media.”
Graham, who has never been abroad, will have …
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Fargo analyzes Suriname’s defamation laws


Center director Anthony Fargo is the author of a report that concludes that Suriname’s defamation laws, especially “the crime of insult,” are vulnerable to abuse and should be revised.
Fargo produced the analysis at the request of the International Press Institute, a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists dedicated to free speech and the improvement of the practice of journalism around the world.
Fargo previously conducted research for IPI on the status of defamation laws in Caribbean countries. The report on Suriname is part of IPI’s Campaign to Repeal Criminal Defamation in the Caribbean.
Suriname’s defamation laws include conviction and up to seven years in prison for expressing contempt of the government and up to six months in prison for insulting the Surinamese flag. The crime of insult, particularly that of a head of state, may lead to five years in …
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Research helps change laws in Caribbean nations


Research by the School of Journalism’s Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies is helping to change criminal defamation laws in several Caribbean nations.
The center has produced several reports for the International Press Institute in conjunction with IPI’s Campaign to Repeal Criminal Defamation in the Caribbean.
Last year, School of Journalism doctoral student A.Jay Wagner, and associate professor and center director Anthony Fargo produced a paper for IPI based on research into criminal defamation laws in the United States. Once common, such laws have been repealed in all but 15 states and are rarely used.
IPI requested the report after leaders of various Caribbean nations questioned why they should repeal their criminal defamation and insult laws while the United States still retained such laws.
After CIMLAPS produced that report, IPI asked Fargo to research international standards on criminal defamation and compare laws in various …
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Fargo to speak at IPI World Congress


Anthony L. Fargo, director of the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies, will be a speaker on a panel at the International Press Institute’s World Congress in Amman, Jordan, May 19-21.
Fargo will speak on the subject of criminal defamation laws and how they can pose a threat to free expression around the world. Fargo, who also is an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Journalism, and journalism Ph.D. student A.Jay Wagner produced a report on criminal libel laws in the United States last year for IPI, and Fargo, with assistance from Wagner, has produced reports assessing criminal defamation laws in three Caribbean nations as compared to developing international standards for free expression rights.
All of the reports have been incorporated into IPI’s campaign to persuade several Caribbean nations to abolish or amend their criminal defamation laws to allow greater freedom of …
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Forty years after Branzburg v. Hayes, much to debate, panelists say


By Jessica Haney, BAJ’10, Indiana University School of Journalism
Forty years after the controversial Supreme Court ruling on the First Amendment case Branzburg v. Hayes, much is left open for debate.
“The law is a little bit uneven, to put it mildly,” said Anthony Fargo, director of the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies at the School of Journalism.
Three professors and a lawyer gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago Oct. 28 for “Branzburg v. Hayes at 40: The Evolution of the Journalist’s Privilege,” the first event organized by the center, which launched in August. The College of Communication at DePaul University and Union League Club’s Public Affairs Committee were co-hosts.
In the 5-4 Branzburg v. Hayes decision, the Supreme Court ruled against a reporter’s privilege to keep confidential sources anonymous, declaring that three journalists were legally obligated to comply …
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Institute publishes Fargo, Wagner paper on criminal libel


The International Press Institute released “Criminal Libel in the United States,” by center director  Anthony Fargo and Indiana University School of Journalism doctoral student A.Jay Wagner, on its website Oct. 23.
The report examines criminal libel as it has been used to “quell dissent and sustain power,” and as it has been used to dispel argument among private citizens.
Fargo and Wagner both have worked for IPI, Fargo in his capacity as director of the center, and Wagner as an intern for the Vienna, Austria-based IPI. The center also is providing legal expertise and analysis in support of IPI’s ongoing Campaign to Repeal Criminal Defamation in the Caribbean.
 
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Fargo to teach legal ed course for legislators, lawyers


Anthony Fargo,  director of the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies, will teach a Continuing Legal Education course on First Amendment issues for legislators and lawyers employed by state government on Oct. 23 at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.
The title of the course is “Citizens United and Alvarez: Building a Better First Amendment or Eroding Its Foundations?” The course is sponsored by the Indiana Legislative Services Agency. This is the third straight year that Fargo has been asked to teach a CLE course to legislators and state government attorneys.