Coming Together

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According to several sources, it was Hartford’s Mark Twain who coined the phrase: “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.”

We’ve found, over the years, that the one thing that gets journalists(who normally see themselves as competitors) working together is an attack on freedom of the press.

This weekend, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information and the Connecticut chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union are working with news outlets to file friend of the court briefs on behalf of the Connecticut Law Tribune.

As we reported earlier this week, a New Britain Superior Court judge has issued a ruling barring the Law Tribune from publishing certain information in a story involving a child custody case. The ruling quickly caught the attention of the Connecticut news media and an appeal to the ruling may be filed as early as next week.

The CCFOI and the ACLU are also working with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.