U.S. attorney general Merrick Garland issues new policy prohibiting seizure of media records

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland formalized a new policy on Monday that broadly prohibits prosecutors from subpoenaing reporters’ phone and email records, an abrupt shift after the Trump administration secretly seized records from several major news outlets in an effort to root out leaks. In addition to the new policy, Garland reiterated that the Justice… Read More U.S. attorney general Merrick Garland issues new policy prohibiting seizure of media records

U.S. Supreme Court permits FCC to loosen media ownership restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Federal Communication Commission to loosen local media ownership restrictions, handing a victory to broadcasters in a ruling that could facilitate industry consolidation as consumers increasingly move online. In a 9-0 ruling authored by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the justices overturned a lower court decision that had blocked the… Read More U.S. Supreme Court permits FCC to loosen media ownership restrictions