Firewall Protecting U.S. Government Journalists Must Be Maintained
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Turner v. U.S. Agency for Global Media. Five suspended senior executives at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) sued the agency and senior leadership, alleging numerous violations of the legal “firewall” that protects U.S. international broadcasters from political interference with their newsgathering and reporting. They filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to enforce the firewall, which would prohibit USAGM leadership from policing news content and interfering with newsroom personnel decisions. The amicus brief supports the motion and elaborates on the importance of the firewall and First Amendment protections for all journalists, including those at government agencies.