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Jun 21, 2017 6:04 PM

ACLU-NH asks to join free speech case against town's social media ban on negative comments

CONCORD — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Hampshire asked to join a federal lawsuit against Farmington's policy banning any town employees from making negative comments about the town and disclosing information on social media.

According to the ACLU, the social media policies of the Town of Farmington violate free speech, hurt government accountability, and stops potentially important speech by employees for the public.

The ban effectively bans all speech critical of the town by employees which is what led to the federal lawsuit being filed, ACLU said.

"Granite Staters do not lose their right to free speech when they become government employees,” said Gilles Bissonnette, the Legal Director of the ACLU of NH. "Allowing these speakers to comment about government activities, including on social media and to the press, is critical to government accountability.”

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