Jailing of the press in Georgia

Nydia Tisdale showed up to record a Georgia Republican Party campaign rally at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville on Aug. 23, 2014. A little bit into her recording, she was forcibly removed by a police officer, even after admitting she had received permission to be at the public gathering by one of the property owners….

Judicial watchdog shouldn’t be scrapped because it ruffles feathers

On Nov. 8, Georgia voters should reject ballot measure that would take bite out of judicial oversight Since 1972, established by a voter approved constitutional amendment, the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) has operated fairly independently to make sure the public is served well by its courts. Two years ago Georgia First Amendment Foundation (GFAF) honored the…

SPJ National lauds local efforts fighting for publisher

SPJ members from around the country celebrated the victory of a small-town Georgia newspaper publisher against a judge who didn’t appreciate his journalism. Delegates also commended the SPJ Georgia chapter for its tireless efforts to help push the judge to drop her specious charges. Mark Thomason, the publisher of the Fannin Focus, received a proclamation from…