SPJ joins South Carolina libel law fight
Following the arrests of two South Carolina journalists, two SPJ chapters in South Carolina and the national SPJ Legal Defense Fund have pledged monetary support in a fight to overturn that state's 78-year-old criminal libel laws.
Although the charges were dropped against the journalists, a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the law has been filed by the South Carolina Press Association and the two journalists. The case will be heard next summer or fall in the U.S. District Court in Columbia, South Carolina.
One of the journalists, Jim Fitts, editor of a small newspaper in rural Williamsburg …