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 October 24, 2023

US government and NewsGuard sued by Consortium News

The Biden administration is facing more legal hurdles regarding its attempt to censor information on the internet.

According to Breitbart, Consortium News filed suit against the U.S. government and NewsGuard "over alleged collaboration to suppress its reporting, which is critical of U.S. foreign policy."

Breitbart noted:

The complaint, filed in federal court, focuses on NewsGuard’s relationship with the Pentagon’s Cyber Command. In 2021, the Pentagon contracted NewsGuard to develop a system called “misinformation fingerprints” to catalogue “known hoaxes, falsehoods and misinformation narratives that are spreading online.”

Consortium News believes that the government worked hand-in-hand with NewsGuard to censor the site due to its often critical writings of U.S. foreign policy.

Bruce Afran, the attorney representing Consortium News, explained why the lawsuit was filed.

“The First Amendment rights of all American media are threatened by this arrangement with the Defense Department to defame and abridge the speech of U.S. media groups," Afran said.

Consortium News wrote:

In the course of its contract with the Pentagon, NewsGuard is “acting jointly or in concert with the United States to coerce news organizations to alter viewpoints” as to Ukraine, Russia, and Syria, imposing a form of “censorship and repression of views” that differ or dissent from policies of the United States and its allies, the complaint says.

The aim of the news outlet's lawsuit is to prevent NewsGuard and the U.S. government from continuing the practice, and for damages and defamation.

"The complaint seeks a permanent injunction declaring the joint program unconstitutional; barring the government and NewsGuard from continuing such practices and more than $13 million in damages for defamation and civil rights violations," Consortium News wrote.

The topic of government censorship collusion has been in the headlines as some top lawmakers continue to bring attention to the matter.

Many social media users praised Consortium News for taking a stand and going through the process of filing suit.

Only time will tell what the outcome of the case will bring, but it's nice to see someone taking action.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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