Press Freedom Advocates Troubled by Suit Against Iowa Paper

The former city administrator of Davenport, Iowa, is suing the area’s biggest newspaper, claiming that its coverage was unfair and cost him his job, the Associated Press reports. The suit against the Quad-City Times is set to go to trial on Monday. Craig Malin argues the paper published false news and opinion pieces about his official actions. The trial will not be a traditional libel case because a judge has ruled that Malin, as a public official, did not prove the newspaper defamed him. Instead, the case will be about whether the paper improperly interfered with Malin’s employment contract. Press freedom experts say the case is troubling because courts have generally not allowed public officials to bring such claims to bypass the media’s constitutional protections. WATE News has the story.

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