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EFF Files Brief Arguing Against Qualified Immunity When Journalists Are Wrongfully Arrested

EFF, a nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world, argued that officers should not receive qualified immunity when wrongfully arresting journalists in a filed amicus brief. Instead, courts should order the officers to pay damages. In addition, the organization argues citizen journalists are in most need of protection. “Many citizen journalists lack the means to effectively enforce their rights, making them more susceptible to intimidation and retaliation,” the brief argues. “An effective damages remedy is therefore vital both to the individual journalist and to citizen journalism.”

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