Susanna Granieri is a reporter at First Amendment Watch, a project of New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She's a recent graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining First Amendment Watch, she was an Immersion Fellow at the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting where she investigated the use of faulty forensic science and its effects on death penalty convictions. She's previously reported on politics, policy and legislation for the Legislative Gazette, an Albany-based newspaper. She is a contributor for Delaware Currents, an environmental publication focused on the Delaware River; and Being Patient, an online publication focused on Alzheimer's, dementia and brain health.

NetChoice’s Chris Marchese on Fighting Against Social Media Restrictions

First Amendment Watch spoke with Chris Marchese, director of NetChoice's Litigation Center, last month about the group’s efforts to stave off attempts by the government to censor and limit access to certain speech and expression online. Marchese discussed the First Amendment rights of private social platforms to curate content, the comparison between social platforms’ and traditional media companies’ right to publish information, and the constitutional issues with online safety laws aimed at protecting minors.

Donald Sherman of CREW on Challenging Trump’s Candidacy Under the Insurrection Clause

First Amendment Watch spoke with Donald Sherman, the executive vice president and chief counsel at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the nonprofit organization that filed the novel challenge to former President Trump's candidacy. Sherman discussed his organization’s challenge, in which he reflected on the Supreme Court’s oral arguments, expressed the importance of the court system to consider constitutional violations, no matter how novel, and warned of the effects on democracy if Trump is not held accountable.

Attorney Joshua Matz on E. Jean Carroll’s Legal Victory Against Donald Trump

In an interview with First Amendment Watch, E. Jean Carroll’s attorney, Joshua Matz, who worked on her legal team throughout both proceedings, discussed the competing legal strategies behind the case, the effect of Trump’s presence on the proceedings, and the hope that Carroll’s fight to hold Trump accountable shows other sexual assault survivors that they, too, might seek justice.

Press Freedom Advocate Caitlin Vogus on the Importance of the PRESS Act

In an interview with First Amendment Watch, Caitlin Vogus, deputy director of advocacy at Freedom of the Press Foundation, which maintains the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker and has been campaigning on behalf of the bill, discusses the importance of the PRESS Act and its proposed protections and explains the urgency in getting a federal law passed protecting journalists before this upcoming election.

ACLU’s David Cole on the Decision to Represent the NRA Before the Supreme Court

In an interview with First Amendment Watch, ACLU Legal Director David Cole, who will argue the NRA’s case in front of the Supreme Court, said that despite the pushback the national organization received from its state-based chapters, it vows to protect free speech rights of those with whom they may disagree. Cole warned of the sweeping consequences a decision against the NRA could have for other advocacy organizations, including those protecting women’s and trans rights, and noted that a decision against the NRA could give former President Donald Trump a “powerful tool” to punish his opponents if he returns to the Oval Office.

FIRE’s Will Creeley on Campus Speech Controversies Amid Israel-Hamas War

In an interview with First Amendment Watch, First Amendment expert Will Creeley, legal director at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), discussed the issues of law and ethics behind the controversy, outlined where the lines around protected speech on campus should be drawn, and argued that pushing unpopular or offensive speech underground could cause more harm than good.
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