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"Media Ignores Precedent-
Setting Court Decision"
By Tom Regan
Christian Science Monitor
Free Speech on
By Freedom Newspapers, Inc.
del Diaro Por Esto! de 17 diciembre...
Entérense de la Historia de la
Derrota de Banamex-Citigroup
...and a Countersuit
By Dan Kennedy
Nesson: "The NY Times v.
Sullivan for the Internet"
By Mark Anderson
NY State Supreme Court
Rules vs. "Narco Banker"
EFF: Historic Decision
Protects Online Speech
"Narco News is... entitled
to Heightened Protection"
"This court finds that Narco News is a media defendant and is entitled to heightened protection under the First Amendment (Sullivan v. New York Times)...
"The Internet is similar to a television and radio broadcast in the sense that the electronic missive is able to reach a large and diverse audience almost instananeously... However, the character of a particular website depends on the format and program design... A careful review of defendants' submission on Narco News's website indicates that the Narco defendants' format is similar to a regularly published public news magazine or newspaper except for the fact that the periodical is published "on line" or electronically, instead of being printed on paper. The fact that the Narco News website can accept readers' comments, or letters to the editor, via a seperate e-mail address only strengthens the need for First Amendment protections for the medium.
"Since principles of defamation law may be applied to the Internet... this court determines that Narco News, its website, and the writers who post information, are entitled to all the First Amendment protections accorded a newspaper-magazine or journalist in defamation suits... Furthermore, the nature of the articles printed on the website and Mr. Giordano's statements at Columbia University constitute matters of public concern because the information disseminated relates to the drug trade and its affect on people living in this hemisphere..."
-- New York Supreme Court Justice Paula Omansky
The Monopoly of the Paid
Media Has Been Broken
Victory Interview with Indymedia NYC
Press Calls Directed to:
Attorney Tom Lesser in USA (413) 584-7331
or to our publisher in Bolivia, via email:
Archived History of a Free Speech Precedent
We went to Court on July 20, 2001
NY Supreme Judge
"Looked Askance" at
"If Friday's oral arguments are any indication the (Narco News Bulletin) defense will probably come out on top."
- Wired News
"Net Reporting At Stake"
By Mark K. Anderson
Christian Science Monitor:
"A Precedent-setting Case"
By Alexandra Marks
"A precedent-setting case that raises fundamental questions about free speech in the globalized world of cyberspace, as well as the role of the independent journalists in a media world increasingly controlled by corporate giants."
- Christian Science Monitor, July 24, 2001
"A respected journalist telling the truth, at risk to his own safety, should not be facing a lawsuit meant to silence him."
- U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Georgia)
By Mim Udovitch
"We Knew We Had Something
Special on Our Hands..."
A Special Commentary by...
"Banamex was not narco-pleased"
By Ben Winters
from In These Times
NEW Legal Briefs Now Online
Read the EFF Amicus Brief
"The new independent journalists of the Internet, as personified by Al Giordano, play a crucial role in preserving the democratic aspirations of First Amendment protection. The role of such journalists is especially salient as mainstream media is increasingly in the hands of fewer and fewer large corporations."
- Electronic Frontier Foundation Amicus Brief
in support of Narco News motion to dismiss
Read New Narco News Legal Memorandum
Drug War on Trial Updates:
Cross-Fire in the Drug War
Narco News Publisher Warns of
Chill to Free Speech
By Amy Langfield
Online Journalism Review
"Mexican Bank, Mexican
Website, New York Court"
The Banamex-Narco News War
By José Martínez M.
Mexican Nationally-Syndicated Columnist
Translated by The Narco News Bulletin
PETER GORMAN WRITES:
Defend Narco News
We have gone into debt to file these motions
Please lend a hand with our defense fund
The Village VOICE Reports:
"Media Trial of the Summer"
By Cynthia Cotts
The Guardian of London Reports:
"Forum Shopping" by Banamex
By Sean Dodson
And WIRED NEWS Reports:
"Does Mexican Suit Fit in N.Y.?"
By Mark K. Anderson
"Make no mistake. This court fight isn't about any particular story NarcoNews has done. It's about ALL of them, and all of the ones yet to come. And it's a battle over the continued independence of Internet journalism as well. The silencing of Al Giordano and NarcoNews isn't a theoretical possibility that might happen a couple years from now. It's already happening. Al and his volunteer lawyers are hip-deep in it right now. And they need our help."
- Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Gary Webb
March 16, 2001
"The investigative journalism that's gone on primarily in Mexico has stood the test under Mexican legal process -- where an investigative journalist takes on some very big fish. And if the big fish can then pursue the journalist around the world and threaten the website wherever it emanates from, that's potentially harmful to spirited investigative journalism."
- Charles Nesson
Harvard Law Professor
Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
The Lawsuit, the News, the Facts...
Read the Lawsuit:
These are the Exhibits attached to the Banamex (now Citigroup) Lawsuit:
A. Village Voice: Menéndez v. the Drug War
Listen to the entire WBAI Radio Show cited in the Lawsuit (Let Em Talk with Paul and Joanie)
B. Narco News: Menéndez, Hero of the Month
C. Dare to Legalize by Mario Menéndez
D. Consolidation of Narco Power by Al Giordano
E. NYT's Dillon Responds on Way Out the Door
G. Vicente Fox on the Cocaine Peninsula (includes chronology of the trafficking story)
I. Roberto Hernández Elected? by Isabel Arvide
The Big Apple Bites Back:
Narco News Bulletin Motion to Dismiss signed by Tom Lesser and Leonard Weinglass
Al Giordano's Pro Se Motion to Dismiss
Press Coverage of the Case:
Cynthia Cotts, The Village Voice (12/20/00):
Larry Goodwin, Metroland (12/21/00):
Carlos Ramírez, El Universal (01/08/01):
Alvaro Cepeda Neri (01/12/01):
Fred Rosen, NACLA (04/2001):
Mark Jurkowitz, Boston Globe (04/04/01):
Mark K. Anderson, WIRED NEWS (05/08/01):
Dan Kennedy, Boston Phoenix (04/12/01):
Carlos Ramírez, El Universal (05/22/01):
José Martínez M., Domingo Político (06/07/01):
"Traffic" is Not a Movie:
Previous Articles about this Drug War Reality:
AP, Wall Street Journal, September 1999:
The Boston Phoenix, May 1999:
The Boston Phoenix, December 1999:
The Ambassador's Non-Response
The Free Speech Defenders vs. The Narco-System...
Now Available in Limited Edition...
The Mexico Papers
April 18, 2000 - August 9, 2000
Read Introduction and Table of Contents
The Narco News Book
Anthology: Volume I
Read Publisher's Affidavit About "The Mexico Papers"
To Benefit Defense Fund, The Mexico Papers
is available to readers for a $100 contribution *
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Drug War on Trial, c/o Attorney Thomas Lesser
39 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060
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