Accomplishments

June 2017: Director Anthony Fargo moderated a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., “Building a Better Watchdog.” The event was supported by The Center’s Barbara Restle Press Law Project.

May 2017: Director Anthony Fargo moderated a panel discussion on the impact of recent political events on the international influence of the First Amendment. The panel session, “Does That Banner Yet Wave?” was part of the International Press Institute’s world congress in Hamburg, Germany.

February 2017: The Center launched the Barbara Restle Press Law Project to expand the study of confidential source protections and the Freedom of Information Act. The project was made possible by a $100,000 gift from alumna Barbara (Blackledge) Restle.

October 2015: Director Anthony Fargo spoke on a panel at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication International Regional Conference in Santiago, Chile, discussing “the right to be forgotten.”

June 2015: Director Anthony Fargo was one of 20 experts from around the world invited to participate in a meeting with David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression, in Vienna. Kaye was seeking advice on a report he was preparing for the U.N. General Assembly about the need for protections for confidential sources and whistleblowers.

May 2015: The Center helped place two interns from IU, one graduate student and one undergraduate, with the International Press Institute in Vienna for the summer.

October 2014: A report by IU Ph.D. student Kyle Heatherly, CIMLAPS Director Anthony Fargo, and DePaul University professor Jason Martin (IU Ph.D. 2012) on the global legal protection for anonymous online speech and best practices of media organizations in dealing with anonymous online comments was presented to the International Press Institute in Vienna, which published the report on its website.

May 2014: The Center helped place two interns from IU, both undergraduate students in journalism, with the International Press Institute in Vienna.

May 2013: Director Anthony Fargo was a speaker on a panel at the International Press Institute World Congress in Amman, Jordan, discussing criminal libel in the global perspective.

March 2013: The International Press Institute publicly credits the Center’s reports on criminal defamation laws in Caribbean nations with helping to change laws in some of the countries that were the subjects of reports critical of their laws.

February-March 2013: Center Director Anthony Fargo wrote a series of reports comparing the criminal libel laws in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago with developing international standards on free expression and presents the reports to the International Press Institute in Vienna, which was in the midst of a campaign to persuade Caribbean nations to amend or abolish their criminal libel laws.

October 2012: IU graduate student A.Jay Wagner and Center Director Anthony Fargo present a report to the International Press Institute about the status of criminal libel law in the United States.

October 2012: The Center organized a panel discussion in Chicago observing the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Branzburg v. Hayes decision regarding confidential news sources. Co-sponsors included the Union League Club and DePaul University’s College of Communication. Speakers including Center Director Anthony Fargo, Brigham Young University law professor RonNell Andersen Jones, DePaul University professor Jason Martin, and Charles Tobin, media attorney and chair of the Holland & Knight Media Practice Team based in Washington, D.C.

September 2012: Arranged with the International Press Institute in Vienna, Austria, to place two student interns in IPI’s headquarters in Summer 2013.

July 2012: Placed a graduate student with the International Press Institute in Vienna, Austria, for six weeks to produce content for the IPI’s website and help the organization improve its social media presence.

July 2012: Hosted a seminar on Indiana access-to-information laws at the IU School of Journalism. The seminar was organized and presented by representatives of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, the Indiana Public Access Counselor’s Office and the Hoosier State Press Association.

June 2012: Director Anthony Fargo attended the International Press Institute’s annual World Congress in Trinidad and Tobago to present a summary of the findings of a study on criminal libel law in the United States. The report by IU doctoral student A. Jay Wagner and Fargo is part of IPI’s crusade to persuade Caribbean countries to abolish their criminal libel laws.

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