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2009-03-12 15:36:00

WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman John Conyers, Jr., (D-MI) will be the keynote speaker for the 11th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference kicking off this year's Sunshine Week events at the Newseum and across the nation. The National FOI Day Conference, sponsored by the First Amendment Center, will be held on Friday, March 13, in the conference facilities at the Newseum located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue (6th Street entrance, Knight Conference...

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2009-01-21 14:05:17

On Wednesday, the government lost its final attempt to revive a federal law intended to protect children from sexual material and other objectionable content on the Internet. The Supreme Court ruled that they will not consider reviving the Child Online Protection Act. This law has been conflicted in court challenges since it passed in 1998 and never took effect, while lower federal courts struck down this act as unconstitutional.  This law would have kept Web sites from making harmful...

2008-12-08 16:56:00

DETROIT, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Ashenfelter and The Detroit Free Press met the highest ethical standards in reporting the Justice Department's 2004 internal investigation of former Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081105/CLW096LOGO ) To hold public officials accountable, reporters sometimes must use confidential sources and documents to bring important information to the...

2008-11-03 06:00:14

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON -- When Cher invoked a four-letter expletive during her acceptance speech at a televised awards show, federal regulators deemed it indecent. So, too, when NYPD Blue detective Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) used dirty words. Yet in the TV broadcast of the movie Saving Private Ryan, expletives were allowed because, regulators said, they contributed to the work's power and realism. A U.S. appeals court took issue with such distinctions. It sided last year with...

2008-10-12 03:00:14

By Cooke, Dominic Forty years ago, the Theatres Bill removed from the Lord Chamberlain his centuriesold power to censor the British stage. Under a law unchanged since 1843, every work intended for production in British theatres had first to be submitted to, and approved by, his office. Each work came back with a report from one of the censors, who became renowned for their hypersensitive ability to read sex and subversion into the most innocent of dialogue. Kenneth Tynan quotes some choice...

2008-10-10 06:00:20

Text of report in English by Turkish privately-owned, mass- circulation daily Hurriyet website on 9 October Websites will continue to be banned as long as they post content inappropriate for Turkish families, a Turkish minister said Wednesday [8 October]. "Practices are needed to protect young people and the public at large from harmful material online," the Turkish Daily News (TDN) quoted Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim as speaking at the international CeBit Information Technology...

2008-10-06 15:00:17

By NOK-NOI RICKER; OF THE NEWS STAFF BREWER - A meeting to discuss open burning, originally scheduled for last Tuesday, was rescheduled for the morning of Oct. 7 and then rescheduled again to Oct. 8 in order for the meeting to be held at night, City Clerk Pam Ryan said. The informational workshop and public hearing now are set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall to "hear input from staff and the public on revisions to the proposed ordinance amendment" concerning open burning. "This is...

2008-09-30 15:00:31

By NOK-NOI RICKER; OF THE NEWS STAFF BREWER - Having backyard fires just for the fun of it may be banned if proposed changes to the permissible open burning rules and regulations go forward without changes. City Council members, who got an earful from residents when the changes were presented at their regular meeting earlier this month, are asking members of the public for comment. An informational workshop on the proposed changes to the fire prevention ordinance is scheduled for 10...

2008-09-27 12:30:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Orange County Register ended up in the headlines this week after a judge barred the newspaper from covering testimony in a $100 million lawsuit filed against it by newspaper deliverers. The ruling, which is being appealed, was quickly denounced by some of the nation's most prominent legal scholars as an unconstitutional infringement on free expression. Orange County Superior Court Judge David C. Velasquez issued the order after attorneys representing some 6,000...

2008-09-07 06:00:08

Text of an article in Dari entitled: "Government and parliament divided over the media law", published by Afghan independent secular daily newspaper Hasht-e Sobh on 6 September Some journalist associations have criticized the repeated approval of the media law on the grounds that the required amendments have not been accommodated. The parliament of Afghanistan approved the media law last winter and sent it to the president for endorsement. The president introduced some new explanations in...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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