Literary Group Sues Trump, Alleges Free Speech Stifling

A literary and human rights organization is suing President Donald Trump.

  • Published 16 October 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — A literary and human rights organization is suing President Donald Trump.

The PEN American Center filed the suit Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. PEN alleges that such actions by Trump as pressing for retaliation against the business interests of Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos are a violation of the First Amendment. PEN seeks an enjoinment against Trump’s using the government to take on his media critics.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, PEN chief executive officer Suzanne Nossel said that Trump had moved beyond harsh — and legally protected — rhetoric such as “fake news” and “enemy of the people.”

An email sent to a White House spokeswoman shortly before the suit was filed was not immediately returned.
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