First Five: Our watchdog on government, Europe’s web privacy rules, schools help police with students’ social media

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INSIDE THE FIRST AMENDMENT

GETTING ‘SLAPP’D’ FOR GETTING INVOLVED — NEW PROTECTIONS CONSIDERED

Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute
Retaliatory lawsuits that seek mainly to punish are a misuse of legal remedies intended to repair the reputations of those wrongly damaged, produce truthful information or spur government response — not to be a tactic to punish public participation.


IS OUR “WATCHDOG ON GOVERNMENT” LOSING ITS BITE?

Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute
What a shame if this were the generation in which — for whatever reasons — that once-strong watchdog were to become little more than a show poodle.


COMMENTARY

EUROPE’S WEB PRIVACY RULES: BAD FOR GOOGLE, BAD FOR EVERYONE

Daphne Keller and Bruce D. Brown, The New York Times
News outlets should have particular cause for alarm about geo-blocking. Journalists rely on global networks to investigate and report on international stories, like the recent Panama Papers revelations. They themselves are often the first targets when governments seek to control the flow of information to their citizens.


IN THE NEWS

THE MEDIA KEEPS MISSING A CRUCIAL POINT ABOUT STATES’ ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS

German Lopez, Vox
Polls show most Americans think businesses shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ people. But if the media doesn’t tell Americans this is actually legal right now in most states, the public may never know this is a real problem in much of the country.


SUPREME COURT BROADENS FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Pete Williams, NBC News
Public employees can sue, claiming their civil rights were violated, as long as their employers thought a constitutional right was in play, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 26, 2016.


SCHOOLS ARE HELPING POLICE SPY ON KIDS’ SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITY

Karen Turner, The Washington Post
Schools in Florida are renewing a program that monitors their students’ social media activity for criminal or threatening behavior.


JOURNALISTS WILL NOT SHARE PANAMA PAPERS WITH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

Julia Harte, Reuters
The media group that coordinated the Panama Papers investigation into offshore companies said on Thursday it would not participate in a criminal probe by the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

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