Mailing List Message #28
From: Harriett R. Logan <>
Subject: NOBS Forums: On Reporter Confidentiality
Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2006 10:14:00 -0400
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Press Release 08/29/06
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Harriett Logan
Phone: 216.795.9800

Kenneth A. Zirm and Frank Lewis:
On Reporter Confidentiality
Thursday, September 21, 7pm

Some of the nation's leading investigative reporters have begun appearing at bookstores across the country to discuss the dangerous increase in efforts to force journalists to reveal their confidential sources. The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), and the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), through a grant from the McCormick Tribune Foundation (MTF), are working together to sponsor a series of talks by reporters and media lawyers to explain the importance of confidential sources.

Mr. Kenneth Zirm of Walter and Haverfield LLP and Mr. Frank Lewis of the Cleveland Free Times will discuss the background to this civil rights issue, and its legal ramifications. The presentation will explain the privilege and its history, with the heart of the presentation focusing on why this privilege should matter to the public.  Attendees will learn more background on (a) the history of the privilege, (b) stories that could not have been told but for the use of confidential sources, and (c) the legal bases for the privilege. Q&A will follow.

Kenneth Zirm is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, with much of his practice in media and communications law. As regular outside counsel to WJW-TV8 in Cleveland, and the alternative news weekly The Cleveland Free Times, he is involved in the pre-broadcast review of news stories for libel and privacy concerns, as well as the rendering of advice regarding reporters’ news gathering activities. Ken has defended reporters whose unpublished work product has been subpoenaed in criminal and civil trials, and litigated numerous major news access and defamation cases involving First Amendment rights. He has also defended the Associated Press, Cable News Network, the Reader’s Digest, Ted Turners and a Youngstown television station in libel litigation.  Zirm is a Partner at Walter and Haverfielf LLP and Chair of the First Amendment and Media Defense Group.

Frank Lewis is the editor of Cleveland Free Times. He's spent most of his 16-year career at alternative weeklies, including Cleveland Scene and Philadelphia City Paper, and has written and edited many articles involving confidential sources.

Both Zirm and Lewis will lend their expertise on this political subject.  The public is invited to come learn about it, and to ask their questions.  Seminar will be held Thursday, September 21, 7pm, at Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Boulevard,  Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120, 216.795.9800,  Free.

A Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society (NOBS) Forum: Conversations throughout the Book World.
Future NOBS Forums (third Thursdays) include:
October 19, 7pm:  Ken Palko, Fine Binding in Cleveland: Hardy, Maillard and Pilon
November 16, 7pm:  Robert Jackson, Book Talks
December 21, 7pm:  Show and Tell

Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Boulevard;  Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120;  216.795.9800
Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

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