Ron Martz: Local governments restrict free speech

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Ron Martz: Local governments restrict free speech

Post by Nydia Tisdale » December 19th, 2016, 4:00 pm

Ron Martz: Our freedoms in peril from presidential trio

These contenders could threaten some of our cherished Bill of Rights liberties

By Ron Martz
Gainesville Times @gtimes
POSTED: April 10, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Local governments also have gotten into the effort to restrict free speech, Dawson County being only the most recent prime example.

What is particularly alarming is that the so-called small-government Republicans are among those leading the charge calling for more governmental intrusion into our lives.

In 2014, citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale was arrested in Dawson County while filming a public gathering of top Republican officials, including Gov. Nathan Deal. She was charged with felony obstruction of an officer and misdemeanor counts of obstruction and criminal trespass.

While Deal and other top GOP officials sat on their hands, Tisdale was forcibly removed from the event, even though video shot by another reporter clearly showed she was not disrupting the proceedings and was well within her rights to do what she was doing.

Only after she and her attorney notified Dawson County she planned to sue for more than $500,000 did officials there decide to indict her.

That’s not an effort to seek justice; that’s an effort to shut down public access to information and government officials through legal intimidation, a favorite trick of both public officials with something to hide.

At the rate we’re going with these assaults on the Bill of Rights, it is likely to be nothing more than a fond memory before we realize what we have lost.


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