04/18/2011 - A bill was introduced into the state Legislature recently that would ban the distribution of all videos and other information documenting animal mistreatment and agricultural pollution. This misguided bill is being pushed by the agriculture industry, and willing political toadies are going along with it.
But the bill would do nothing less than abridge the right to free speech and criminalize journalism. Even possessing videos or audio recordings of agricultural abuses could become illegal. What kind of dystopian country would we be living in if the government could prohibit and prosecute citizens for distributing truthful information and documents?
Read the editorial Keep An Eye on Ag Abuses in full on The Minnesota Daily's Web site.