CNN: Exposing Animal Cruelty Is Not a Crime

by Will Potter on June 30, 2014

in Terrorism Legislation

cnn-will-potter-ag-gagCNN asked me to write about how ag-gag laws, which make it illegal to photograph or videotape animal cruelty on factory farms, affect journalists.

I’m plaintiff in two lawsuits, in Idaho and in Utah, challenging these laws as unconstitutional and an assault on freedom of the press.

Here’s an excerpt:

(CNN) — If “The Jungle” were published today, muckraking journalist Upton Sinclair would probably release photos from his undercover investigation of Chicago meatpacking plants on Flickr and upload video to YouTube. His work would be shared thousands of times on Facebook by outraged consumers. And all of this could land him in court, and even prison, under new laws being passed across the country today.

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