Forget Trump. Golden State governments were behind an unrelenting series of affronts to the First Amendment in 2019. Police went after a journalist’s sources with a sledgehammer. The state attorney general threatened to prosecute reporters and fought in court to weaken the state’s new police accountability law. And a series of decisions at the local level ran afoul of free speech and open-government principles. What’s the matter with California? And what can proponents of free speech and a free press do about it?
Join us for a discussion with those who were on the front lines of battles over secrecy, accountability and censorship:
Victoria Baranetsky, general counsel of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Audrey Cooper, editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle
Jim Ewert, general counsel of the California News Publishers Association
Noah Griffin, columnist
Moderator: David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition
When: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Where: Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE; RSVP required
Presented by FAC at the California Press Foundation’s Annual Winter Meeting.