Starting our Monday reporting on freedom of the press is sobering when placed in the context of the Marion County Record raid in Marion , Kansas. This town’s ENTIRE police force (all 5 of them) raided the home of the publisher ten days ago over fears of alleged identity theft in the pursuit of information for a story never published.

Written by Michael E Dehn

Founder and CEO of Metro Pulse a continually running enterprise since May 1980.

August 21, 2023

This platform has always been a champion of the 1st Amendment and cherished the freedoms accorded the press in this country. We have respected that freedom in our disseminations and aggregations and were APPALLED at this seemingly egregious malfeasance when we were advised on it.

Here in illinois a law was signed recently called the Anti Doxxing Act which appears on the surface to be a further escalation of the ability to censor free speech by providing redress for persons targeted for their views on just about anything regardless of the truth of those opposing claims presented and it seems to be custom designed to smother political free speech under fear of litigation..

It provides for what appears to be an open ended interpretation of the concept of defamation and libel and is explained in more detail here under the Wirepoints article posted below.

We have adjusted and sanitized our content and opinion to address this new wrinkle as we await the inevitable cases that will be filed and pray the US Supreme Court steps in and bounces out this obvious violation of free speech on appeal but in the meantime…..the voices step back and are silenced

https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/marion_county_record_raid_press_freedom.php?mc_cid=b7d11f08be&mc_eid=0f65e546c8

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Says volumes eh?

https://twitter.com/DineshDSouza/status/1813616739810529404

Agreed 100%

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