Anthony Fargo

The Media School IU Bloomington

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Areas of Expertise

Freedom of the press, freedom of speech, confidential news sources, anonymous speech, defamation laws, media law, international media law, privacy law, access to information, freedom of information.

Expert Bio

Anthony Fargo is an associate professor in The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington and is the director of the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies. He has written extensively on the right of journalists to protect sources and news-gathering information and on the right to speak or publish anonymously.

Fargo is a former newspaper reporter and editor and earned his B.A. from Morehead State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Florida. He is on the board of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government.

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Updated on: July 10, 2019