The most basic building blocks of democracy are freedom of speech and freedom of information. I believe the fast-moving “ag-gag” bill (HB 1104) attacks both. Trying to criminalize journalists for exposing factory-farm animal cruelty protects the abusers and criminalizes those who expose it. Similar bills have been rejected on grounds of being unconstitutional. In fact, Tennessee’s Attorney General called their ag-gag bill “constitutionally suspect” and recommended that their governor veto it (he did). Support investigative journalism. Keep free speech alive. Say no to HB 1104.
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