Justices Say 1st Amendment Doesn't Apply To NYC Channel

Law360 (June 17, 2019, 12:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a New York City public access channel is not a so-called state actor that's subject to the First Amendment's protections of free speech.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that Manhattan Neighborhood Network could not be sued for refusing to air a film that criticized the channel. The court said the network, a private entity, was not "transformed" into the government by operating a public access channel.

"The Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment constrains governmental actors and protects private actors," Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote for the majority, comprised of the...

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