New Digital Journalist’s Legal Guide

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched a new legal guide for journalists who work online, covering everything from open records and court access to libel and Internet regulation.

ONA, Berkman Center partner to offer legal assistance

To help Online News Association members find free or reduced-fee legal help, the Online News Association is partnering with the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society on its new Online Media Legal Network (OMLN). Staffed by lawyers with extensive backgrounds in intellectual property and media law, OMLN provides […]

Judge bans reporter from live tweeting trial

A judge  shut down the use of Twitter in a Montana courtroom by during a trial. Founder Jonathan Weber had been covering the trial by posting play-by-play reports at

Why news organizations can police comments and not get sued

In this video and transcript, David Ardia, the director of the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard and the former assistant counsel for The Washington Post, explains Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and how it provides wide-ranging immunity to website publishers for what goes on in their comments.

Online journalists jailed more than other media

More Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

ONA objects to Major League Baseball credential terms

The Online News Association sent a letter today to Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig objecting to new restrictions included in terms and conditions for Major League Baseball media credentials.

Citizen media site sued for libel

Chris Grotke and Lise LePage, co-founders and owners of, a widely acclaimed citizen journalism site based in Brattleboro, Vermont, were sued on November 16 for libel based on a comment submitted by one of the site’s users, the Citizen Media Law Project reports.

Judge tells site to reveal anonymous commenters’ names

News services protest Rugby World Cup restrictions

ONA Challenges NFL Reporting Rules