Touchiness V. Qed Inc. Case Study

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The news media serve as surrogates for the public, reporting information that individuals would want to know if they could witness it themselves.
Where a proceeding or an area is off-limits to the general public, the news media have no clearly established right to gain access to it. Although the Supreme Court said in Brandenburg that news gathering is protected by the First Amendment, it also cautioned that journalists “have no constitutional right of access to the scenes of crime or disaster when the general public is excluded.”
In 1978 the Court also noted, in Touchiness v. QED Inc., that “there is no constitutional basis … for standards governing disclosure of or access to information.” Instead, without statutory standards, the resolution

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