Journalists’ right to report taking a hit in Portland

A panel for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that a lower court order restraining federal agents from assaulting and arresting journalists lacked clarity and was overly broad. The court wrote that journalists should not be exempt from orders to disperse along with other citizens on the streets. The sides are still ordered to discuss how to identify federal agents, and ideas have been floated on how to clearly identify legal observers. (Courthouse News Service, August 27, 2020, by Karina Brown)

Journalists and others are also asking a federal judge to sanction federal agencies for not complying with the earlier court order aimed at preventing federal agents from using mace, tear gas and other weaponry on them. (CNBC, July 28, 2020, by Tucker Higgins)

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