Coalition Files Lawsuit Against Idaho Ag-Gag Law That Targets Journalism, Whistleblowing & Speech

A coalition of groups and journalists are challenging a law passed in Idaho, which makes it possible for anyone who secretly films or records animal abuse to be jailed for up to a year.

In February, Idaho became the seventh state to pass an ag-gag law—a farm secrecy statute aimed at political speech on industrial agricultural production.

Organizations like the Animal Legal Defense Fund, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho and the Center for Food Safety, along with CounterPunch and journalist Will Potter of filed a lawsuit against the law, which they consider to be unconstitutional.

The filed complaint argues that the law “criminalizes efforts to document criminal behavior in the workplace.” It makes “capturing images or audio, even when a person is otherwise lawfully permitted to be at the location,” a criminal act.