California journalists sued for ‘hacking’ city’s open Dropbox folder; barred from publishing

October 24, 2019
In a complaint filed in the California Superior Court of Orange County on Oct. 24, 2019, the City of Fullerton, California, accused a community blog and two contributors of violating anti-hacking laws for accessing confidential files city employees posted online, according to their lawyer Kelly Aviles and court documents reviewed by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Aviles told CPJ in December that the suit could go to a jury trial in early 2020. The press freedom and legal advocacy group …

Judge orders ProPublica Illinois, other media, not to publish details of juvenile court case

March 14, 2019
On March 14, 2019, a Cook County Juvenile Court judge ordered ProPublica Illinois and other news organizations not to publish certain details about an ongoing child welfare case in the Chicago-based juvenile court.In the course of reporting on child welfare issues, a ProPublica Illinois reporter had learned about the case. On March 7, after the reporter tried to attend a hearing in the case, the hearing was closed to the public and press.Bruce Boyer — a Loyola University law professor …

Colorado judge strikes down order preventing CBS4 from publishing

January 23, 2019
A Jefferson County, Colorado, sheriff and county attorney obtained an order prohibiting local CBS station, CBS4, from publishing a story on the grounds that an affidavit used in the report should not have been released.A Jefferson County District Court Judge struck the order down on Jan. 27, 2019, finding it an unconstitutional case of prior restraint.According to its own report, CBS4 requested a court file in the case of a sheriff’s deputy that had been charged for an alleged relationship …
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