Political speech must ?be protected in R.I.

It isn’t often that First Amendment cases find their way to Rhode Island, but last week one did. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.

PBN Editorial

Political speech must ?be protected in R.I.

Posted 1/9/12

It isn’t often that First Amendment cases find their way to Rhode Island, but last week one did.

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of the Rhode Island Press Association and Beacon Communications (editor’s note: PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy is the president of RIPA), filed a lawsuit challenging a state law cited by Warwick City Council President Bruce Place in communications with Warwick Beacon Publisher John Howell.

The Beacon printed advertisements using images of Place and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian in protest of the city’s car tax.

The law in question allows “any person” to bring suit against any other person who uses an image or name for “advertising purposes,” making no distinction between political ads or ones whose purpose is to support the sale of a product or service. Nor does the law make a distinction between public figures (such as the president of city council) or private citizens.

For anyone who believes that freedom of speech is one of our country’s most cherished rights, the issue is a simple one, and the law must be struck down. •

No comments on this story | Add your comment
Please log in or register to add your comment
PBN Hosted

Only a few seats remain for PBN's Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Thursday, April 24th, at the Bryant University Bello Center. Don't hesitate. Register today!
  • Business Women
    Accomplished. Confident. Wicked Smart. Nominate women you know who deserve speci ...
  • 40 Under Forty
    It's the 10th Anniversary of 40 Under Forty, and PBN is planning a special event ...
  • Healthiest Employers
    Enrollment now open for the 2014 Healthiest Employers Program. Please take a mom ...
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
    Latest News