Free press: Baltimore appeals ruling that nondisclosure clause unconstitutional

Baltimore asked for a rehearing of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that gag orders in police misconduct settlements violated the First Amendment and were unenforceable. The city said the gag order did not obstruct the media’s right to report the news and was a matter of contract law. (Baltimore Brew, July 23, 2019, by Fern Shen)

The Baltimore Brew filed the lawsuit against Baltimore and its police force after an alleged victim of police misconduct lost over half her settlement for speaking to the Brew. (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, July 24, 2019, by Katie Beth Nichols)