SPJ NORCAL JOINS FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION TO PROTECT PRESS FREEDOM ONE YEAR AFTER POLICE RAID ON JOURNALIST

One year ago this week, San Francisco police conducted a raid on journalist Bryan Carmody, a widely condemned attack on press freedom and a plain violation of California’s shield law protections. State and federal law protects journalists from having to disclose their sources or any unpublished information collected during newsgathering to the government — and…

 

SPJ NORCAL AND COALITION OF MEDIA, TRANSPARENCY ADVOCATES URGE SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR LONDON BREED TO RESTORE RIGHTS UNDER SUNSHINE ORDINANCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO — The Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (“SPJ NorCal”), the First Amendment Coalition, the Pacific Media Workers Guild, the California News Publishers Association, San Franciscans for Sunshine and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press urge San Francisco Mayor London Breed to rescind the recent…

 

FIGHTING FOR PUBLIC RECORDS IN CALIFORNIA AMID COVID-19

UPDATE ON APRIL 14: We’ve hit our capacity of 100 attendees for this call. Please stay tuned for details on future sessions. ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Join SPJ NorCal and the First Amendment Coalition for an informative and interactive one-hour call Zoom call on obtaining public records laws during the public-health emergency. Media lawyers and journalists will provide an…

 

SPJ NorCal, First Amendment Coalition Publish CPRA Response Template For Requesters Facing Delayed Access

For immediate release Contact: SPJ NorCal FOI Committee at spjnorcalfoi@gmail.com Some state and local entities in California have stopped responding to requests made under the Public Records Act amid changes to operations due to the COVID-19 health emergency. SPJ NorCal, along with the First Amendment Coalition and numerous other advocacy groups, issued a joint statement on March…

 

SPJ NorCal Joins Coalition Urging California Courts To Ensure Public Access Amid COVID-19 Emergency

The First Amendment Coalition and 10 other advocacy organizations, including SPJ NorCal, called on the California judiciary today to recognize  the public’s First Amendment right of access to court proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Courts across California are halting proceedings, restricting access to buildings and holding some hearings telephonically, raising concerns that members of the…

 
 
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