DEC. 10 – 6 P.M. – NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION – ALBANY, NY
New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Free Expression in the
Digital Age will host
a special event, “Rethinking Libel Law in a New Era of Journalism” on Tuesday,
Dec. 10 from 6
p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New York State Bar Association headquarters in Albany,
event is free, open to the public, and will be livestreamed.
First Amendment has long provided broad protection to publishers and
broadcasters against libel suits and other legal threats. But at a time when
local news outlets struggle financially and small digital publishers play a
larger role in providing information to local communities, is it time to
broaden those protections even further? Are the threats of litigation chilling
important speech? Would changing libel laws make a difference in the kind of
local journalism that gets done?
Sullivan of the Washington Post, one of the nation's foremost commentators
on journalism and press freedom, will discuss those issues in a conversation
with media lawyer Joseph Finnerty of Finnerty Osterreicher & Abdulla. A
panel of legal experts and journalists will then join the discussion to provide
their views on how legal threats affect coverage and whether legal reform is
taking part in the roundtable discussion are: Cynthia Arato, partner, Shapiro
Arato Bach and co-chair of the task force; Sandra S. Baron, resident fellow,
Yale Law School; David Donovan, president & executive director, New York
State Broadcasters Association; Rex Smith, editor, Albany Times Union;
and Megan Meier, partner, Clare Locke.
Click here to register for the event.
Force on Free Expression in the Digital Age
Dec. 10 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
State Bar Association
WATCH LIVESTREAM HERE
About the Task Force on Free
Expression in the Digital Age
President Hank Greenberg formed the groundbreaking Task Force on Free
Expression in the Digital Age to examine the crisis of local journalism in the
digital age and to make recommendations on how New York state, the legal and
business sectors can protect local news and define the future of local media in
not only New York but throughout the country.
About the New York State Bar
New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association
in the nation. Since 1876, NYSBA has helped shape the development of law,
educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the
rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.