An unnamed member of the Lafayette County, Wisconsin Board of Supervisors proposed a controversial resolution that, if enacted, would allow for journalists to be prosecuted if information in press release regarding a water study covering a three-county area in southwestern Wisconsin is published, but not in its entirety:
It’s clear to me that this is an authoritarian-minded ordinance proposal that blatantly violates free press provisions in the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions. Furthermore, it’s bad policy that is apparently designed to politically benefit politicians who would rather drive a political narrative about the water quality survey, rather than make a good faith effort to inform the public about water quality in southwestern Wisconsin.
The public should have a right to know what is in their water. However, prosecuting journalists is not going to help inform the public about anything.