Local press in jeopardy when officials revoke public notice contracts

Local government officials are striking back at newspapers they consider to have given them unfair press by revoking their contracts to publish public notices. In the case of a Delhi, New York newspaper, The Reporter, that meant a loss of $13,000 a year, a crippling blow for a newspaper with 4,000 subscribers. The Reporter filed a First Amendment lawsuit and negotiated a settlement of a renewed contract for four years and $50,000 in damages and lawyer’s fees. (The New York Times, June 18, 2023, by Emily Fitter)

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