Accomplishments

March 2019: Center Director Anthony Fargo published “A Federal Shield Law That Works: Protecting Sources, Fighting Fake News, and Confronting Modern Challenges to Effective Journalism” in the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law, the first scholarly article produced through research assistance funded by the Barbara Restle Press Law Project. Several other projects by Media School and Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies researchers are being supported in part by assistants funded by the Restle Project.
February 2019: Lee Williams, an attorney for CNN, and Mike Tackett, a correspondent with the New York Times, did a panel discussion with Center Director Anthony Fargo on “Enemies of the Press” in Franklin Hall at IU. The panel discussed the effects of anti-press rhetoric prevalent since the 2016 election. The Barbara Restle Press Law Project sponsored the event.
March 2018: Professor Gerry Lanosga and Center Director Anthony Fargo co-hosted an all-day workshop in Indianapolis on access to government-held information. Approximately 60 journalists and other citizens attended the workshop, which included panel discussions and hands-on sessions with prominent journalists and activists. The Indiana Coalition for Open Government co-sponsored the event with the Center and the Barbara Restle Press Law Project.
February 2018: Diane Foley, director of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation; Thomas Durkin, the Foundation’s director of programs; and Jon Racek, a senior lecturer in IU’s School of Art, Architecture and Design and friend of James Foley, took part in a panel discussion after a screening of a documentary about James Foley, a freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Syria and later executed on video by ISIS. The Foundation, founded by Mrs. Foley, James Foley’s mother, supports families of Americans taken hostage overseas and freelance journalists working in conflict zones. The panel discussion and screening were a joint venture of several Media School student organizations and the Barbara Restle Press Law Project.
January 2018: Center Director Anthony Fargo did a Q and A in Franklin Hall at IU with Jamie Kalven, director of the Invisible Institute in Chicago and the journalist who first called attention to the Laquan McDonald shooting by Chicago police, eventually leading to the arrest and conviction of a police officer. Mr. Kalven also spoke to Media School classes and was interviewed on WFIU. His visit was funded by the Barbara Restle Press Law Project.
November 2017: Center Director Anthony Fargo was a panelist for “The Journalist’s Privilege for Confidential Sources: Revisiting Branzburg v. Hayes Forty-Five Years Later,” at the National Communication Association annual conference in Dallas, Texas. Branzburg remains the U.S. Supreme Court’s only ruling on whether journalists have a right to protect the names of their confidential sources.
November 2017: Center Director Anthony Fargo did a question-and-answer session with Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for the Washington Post, in Franklin Hall at IU as part of the Media School Speaker Series and the Barbara Restle Press Law Project.
November 2017: Center Director Anthony Fargo spoke at the opening keynote session of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Fall meeting at the Indianapolis Convention Center, with Paul Farhi of the Washington Post, about the relationship between President Trump and the press.
May 2017: The Center helped place one intern from IU, an undergraduate journalism student, with the International Press Institute in Vienna for the summer.
June 2017: Director Anthony Fargo moderated a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., “Building a Better Watchdog.” The event was supported by The Center’s Barbara Restle Press Law Project.
May 2017: Director Anthony Fargo moderated a panel discussion on the impact of recent political events on the international influence of the First Amendment. The panel session, “Does That Banner Yet Wave?” was part of the International Press Institute’s world congress in Hamburg, Germany.
February 2017: The Center launched the Barbara Restle Press Law Project to expand the study of confidential source protections and the Freedom of Information Act. The project was made possible by a $100,000 gift from alumna Barbara (Blackledge) Restle.
May 2016: The Center helped place one intern from IU, a graduating senior, with the International Press Institute in Vienna for the summer.
October 2015: Director Anthony Fargo spoke on a panel at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication International Regional Conference in Santiago, Chile, discussing “the right to be forgotten.”
June 2015: Director Anthony Fargo was one of 20 experts from around the world invited to participate in a meeting with David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression, in Vienna. Kaye was seeking advice on a report he was preparing for the U.N. General Assembly about the need for protections for confidential sources and whistleblowers.
May 2015: The Center helped place two interns from IU, one graduate student and one undergraduate, with the International Press Institute in Vienna for the summer.
October 2014: A report by IU Ph.D. student Kyle Heatherly, CIMLAPS Director Anthony Fargo, and DePaul University professor Jason Martin (IU Ph.D. 2012) on the global legal protection for anonymous online speech and best practices of media organizations in dealing with anonymous online comments was presented to the International Press Institute in Vienna, which published the report on its website.
May 2014: The Center helped place two interns from IU, both undergraduate students in journalism, with the International Press Institute in Vienna.
May 2013: Director Anthony Fargo was a speaker on a panel at the International Press Institute World Congress in Amman, Jordan, discussing criminal libel in the global perspective.
March 2013: The International Press Institute publicly credits the Center’s reports on criminal defamation laws in Caribbean nations with helping to change laws in some of the countries that were the subjects of reports critical of their laws.
February-March 2013: Center Director Anthony Fargo wrote a series of reports comparing the criminal libel laws in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago with developing international standards on free expression and presents the reports to the International Press Institute in Vienna, which was in the midst of a campaign to persuade Caribbean nations to amend or abolish their criminal libel laws.
October 2012: IU graduate student A.Jay Wagner and Center Director Anthony Fargo present a report to the International Press Institute about the status of criminal libel law in the United States.
October 2012: The Center organized a panel discussion in Chicago observing the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Branzburg v. Hayes decision regarding confidential news sources. Co-sponsors included the Union League Club and DePaul University’s College of Communication. Speakers including Center Director Anthony Fargo, Brigham Young University law professor RonNell Andersen Jones, DePaul University professor Jason Martin, and Charles Tobin, media attorney and chair of the Holland & Knight Media Practice Team based in Washington, D.C.
September 2012: Arranged with the International Press Institute in Vienna, Austria, to place two student interns in IPI’s headquarters in Summer 2013.
July 2012: Placed a graduate student with the International Press Institute in Vienna, Austria, for six weeks to produce content for the IPI’s website and help the organization improve its social media presence.
July 2012: Hosted a seminar on Indiana access-to-information laws at the IU School of Journalism. The seminar was organized and presented by representatives of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, the Indiana Public Access Counselor’s Office and the Hoosier State Press Association.
June 2012: Director Anthony Fargo attended the International Press Institute’s annual World Congress in Trinidad and Tobago to present a summary of the findings of a study on criminal libel law in the United States. The report by IU doctoral student A. Jay Wagner and Fargo is part of IPI’s crusade to persuade Caribbean countries to abolish their criminal libel laws.

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