top
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Tue Aug 4 2015
Idaho AgGag Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional
Judge Declares AgGag Law Unconstitutional Attempt to Silence Critics, Whistleblowers
A U.S. District Court has struck down Idaho’s “ag-gag” law as an unconstitutional attempt by the agriculture industry to silence journalists, animal advocates, and whistleblowers who expose cruel farming practices. The ruling — the first of its kind — spells trouble for the agriculture industry’s attempts in other states to outlaw photography and video recordings of animal welfare, workers’ rights, and environmental violations. The ag-gag law “gives agricultural facility owners veto power, allowing owners to decide what can and cannot be recorded, effectively turning them into state-backed censors able to silence unfavorable speech about their facilities,” Judge Lyn Winmill said in the ruling.

The lawsuit was brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and PETA, working with plaintiffs including undercover investigators, Farm Forward, and Will Potter as a journalist. A wide-range of organizations supported the lawsuit by filing amicus briefs. They represented food safety, environmental, labor, whistleblower, and journalism organizations.

“The overwhelming evidence gleaned from the legislative history indicates that § 18-7042 was intended to silence animal welfare activists, or other whistleblowers, who seek to publish speech critical of the agricultural production industry,” Winmill writes. “Many legislators made their intent crystal clear by comparing animal rights activists to terrorists….”

pdf photo Read More | pdf Idaho “Ag-Gag” Law Ruled Unconstitutional in Federal Court | See Also: Coalition Responds to Idaho’s Motion to Dimiss Ag Gag Lawsuit | Groups Head to Court over Controversial Idaho “Ag Gag” Law
07/06/18 Occupiers Set Up Tents and Barricade with Barbed Wire at CIS Gate in San Francisco Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | San Francisco | Immigrant Rights06/28/18 Protests Ramp Up Against Trump’s Family Separation Policy Nationwide on June 30 Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | Peninsula | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia06/27/18 SF Bay Area Responds with Emergency Rallies After Supreme Court Upholds Muslim Ban Front Page | Racial Justice | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | San Francisco | South Bay | International | Immigrant Rights06/06/18 Swift Reaction with Silicon Valley Protest as More Facebook Privacy Fouls Exposed Front Page | Media Activism & Independent Media | Peninsula06/03/18 Call Goes Out to Save OneFam from West Oakland Gentrification Onslaught Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | East Bay06/03/18 Community Protests DA Gascón Letting Cops Off the Hook for Murders of Mario Woods and Luis Góngora Pat Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | San Francisco05/30/18 Dozens of Animal Rights Activists Arrested at Petaluma Industrial Egg Facility Front Page | Police State & Prisons | North Bay / Marin | Animal Liberation05/29/18 Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Supporters Chalk Up Win in Missouri Front Page | U.S. | International | Government & Elections | Palestine05/26/18 California DPR Fails to Protect Vulnerable Communities from Pesticide Exposure Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing & Public Services | California | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/24/18 Northern California Solidarity with Massive Palestinian Protests on 70th Nakba Anniversary Front Page | Anti-War | San Francisco | International | Palestine05/16/18 Memorial Service to Honor San Francisco Activist and Journalist Kiilu Nyasha Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Womyn | Media Activism & Independent Media | Arts + Action | San Francisco
Related Categories: U.S. | Animal Liberation | Media Activism & Independent Media | Police State & Prisons | Front Page