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Roy S. Gutterman
Roy S. Gutterman is an associate professor of communications law and journalism and director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University

Entries by Roy S. Gutterman

Conviction and Pardon of Al Jazeera Journalists in Egypt

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 10:46 AM

Convictions of two journalists, imprisoned in Egypt on the sketchiest of charges, were overturned last week by the president of Egypt, ending a controversy that drew international criticism.

The president pardoned three Al Jazeera journalists who had been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt because...

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Free Flow of Information?

(28) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 4:33 PM

During a lecture I gave on American free press rights to a group of foreign journalists, one reporter in attendance shared his fears that government officials back home tap his phone and monitor his communications in an attempt to discover the identities of his confidential sources. He asked if that...

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Hustler v. Falwell: 25 Years of Protected Satire

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 3:14 PM

The landmark Supreme Court case Hustler v. Falwell turned 25 this week. When a Supreme Court precedent reaches this age, its legacy is either firmly developed or lost to the history books. Hustler v. Falwell's scope continues to grow and the precedent helps not only to clarify important First Amendment...

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The Photo Controversy and the First Amendment

(4) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 5:15 PM

The independence of the American press is again being called into question thanks to the gripping photograph published on the front page of The New York Post last week. The dramatic image of a man clinging to a New York City subway platform, struggling to lift himself from the tracks...

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The First Amendment and the Primary

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 9:50 AM

In the week preceding the highly-anticipated New Hampshire presidential primary, the First Amendment was in full application.

Accompanying a group of political reporting students covering the primary for newspapers and radio stations, I had the opportunity to spend a week in New Hampshire watching the Republican candidates slug it out....

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The Picket That Never Was... But Still a Speech

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 2:41 PM

Though the Westboro Baptist Church never showed Friday night at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome, all was not lost.

The much-anticipated appearance by members of the controversial church known for inflammatory messages prompted an animated, vocal, even festive counter protest, primarily by Syracuse University students. Their chants could be heard...

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Speech in Public Places

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 4:55 PM

James Deferio has a message he wants to disseminate. He wants to share his beliefs on college campuses. When the State University of New York at Albany demanded he apply for a revocable permit 30 days in advance, make a series of guarantees and pony up $50 for a processing...

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Violent Video Games and the First Amendment

(125) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 10:27 AM

Play again, kids. Those video games, even the ones depicting extreme violence, are protected by the First Amendment, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, just like those old books and movies.

In one of the most closely-watched and eagerly-anticipated cases of the term, the Supreme Court waited until the last...

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Westboro Ruling: The Bad and the Uglier for the Greater Good

(108) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 3:08 PM

When it comes to public issues, sometimes we need to accept a little bit of the ugly for the greater good. The Supreme Court solidly affirmed this with regard to free speech on Wednesday when it ruled that the Westboro Baptist Church's offensive protests outside the funeral of a fallen...

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