Will at Green Is The New Red reports:
“Gene Mullin, a member of the California State Assembly and a Democrat, who has introduced AB 2296, the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, to stifle the First Amendment rights of animal advocates. The law would prohibit the posting of publicly available information on activist websites, restrict access to public meetings, and require heavy-handed penalties for non-violent civil disobedience.”
Will makes these excellent points about this disturbing legislation:
- Prohibits the publication of publicly-available information
- Restricts access to public meetings
- Creates new crimes
- Disproportionate penalties
Please contact California Assembly Members and tell them to oppose AB 2296. You can comment on the bill here: http://www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/acsframeset2text.htm
Related: If you want to publish public information about animal issues on your blog or website, here are a few ways to protect yourself. (However, this is not legal advice. I am not a lawyer so use your best judgment and consult with a lawyer if needed.):
- Cite your sources. List where you found the information. This proves that the information is publicly available and not private information.
- Remind your readers to be nonviolent. Make the nonviolence message explicit and overt.
- If you want, post anonymously. Learn how here.
- See the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Legal Guide for Bloggers to learn your rights.