Protection of News Sources in Georgia & the 11th Circuit

Georgia’s Shield Law, most recently codified at O.C.G.A. § 24-5-508, and the qualified reporters’ privilege recognized by the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (covering Georgia, Alabama and Florida) both protect journalists, in many instances, from being compelled as a third-party witness or from having to produce their work product as evidence in a legal…

Citizens’ right to record the police

Under the First Amendment, citizens have the right to record the police performing their official duties in public.  This right is essential to keeping the public informed about police activity and holding government accountable for the actions of public law enforcement. First Amendment Watch’s Citizen’s Guide to Recording Police In the City of Atlanta, pursuant…