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Microsoft chooses China business over free speech in blog censorship?

Microsoft Corp. appears to have made a deliberate choice to favor a continued business relationship with China over free speech after it shut down a Chinese blog runing on MSNSpaces. Rebecca MacKinnon of the Berkman Center at Harvard University first noticed the move last week, and since it has been covered by the New York Times and others. CLICK HEADLINE TO READ MORE.

SPEECH: Washington Post vp, in Princeton lecture, traces First Amendment history, defense and why press is sometimes its own wor

On Oct. 27, 2005, Patrick Butler, vice president of The Washington Post, lectured at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University on "The First Amendment in the 21st Century." He writes, in part: "The press can be its own worst enemy, and too often is." Hear audio of the one hour and 15-minute lecture (and Q&A) from HERE. The speech text, in Microsoft Word, supplied by Mr. Butler to the Media Giraffe Project, is HERE.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Lecture source -- Are bloggers entitled to First Amendment protection?

An extensive audio-video resource -- multimedia streams and downloads of current lectures given at major U.S. universities -- is underway and hosted at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University as "The University Channel." Lectures are sorted by subject and there is a specific categorie for media items, including an Oct. 27, 2005, lecture on the "First Amendment in the 21st Century," by the Washington Post's Patrick Butler. One question he asks (at 20 minutes): Should bloggers receive First Amendment protection?

Columnist sees youth generation as "tuned out" to current events and First Amendment

Columnist Warren Watson examines why high school students have little knowledge of First Amendment rights, current events and the future of media. In the article, Watson refers to author David Mindich�s 2004 book, "Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News," where "Mindich writes about the slide toward ignorance among post-Baby Boomers. Mindich, a professor at St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vt., argues that there is a surprising amount of news illiteracy in both Generations X and Y. Mindich points out that tomorrow's leaders have become as passive as ever and have little appreciation for current events or quality journalism."

Is U.S. military in Iraq targeting journalists?

A four-part series on the website explores the question of whether the U.S. military in Iraq "targets" journalists, either literally or figuratively. The series is by a writer described by Truthout as follows: "A veteran of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement and the New Left monthly Ramparts, Steve Weissman lived for many years in London, working as a magazine writer and television producer. He now lives and works in France, where he writes for truthout."

Overview of the Freedom of the Press from

Lee Levine of Lawyer, Levine Sullivan and Koch looks at how the First Amendment has evolved from the time it was written--"in an era of pamphlets, political tracts and periodical newspapers"--and explains the precedent-setting court cases that impacted the freedom of the press. [ Visit Website ]

Is Apple undermining First Amendment protection for bloggers-as-journalists?

UPDATED: March 12, 2005
Apple Computer's zeal to protect corporate trade secrets has led it seek subpoenas in a California state court seeking testimony or documents from three "blog" sites. Are bloggers entitled to the same First Amendment protection as journalists? Who defines "legitimate media"? SEE: Associated Press | Reuters
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