Federal court gags Barrett Brown

US stops jailed activist Barrett Brown from discussing leaks prosecution
Federal court order prohibits Brown from talking to the media in what critics say is latest in crackdown on investigative journalism
Ed Pilkington in New York
theguardian.com, Wednesday 4 September 2013 17.50 EDT

A federal court in Dallas, Texas has imposed a gag order on the jailed activist-journalist Barrett Brown and his legal team that prevents them from talking to the media about his prosecution in which he faces up to 100 years in prison for alleged offences relating to his work exposing online surveillance.

The court order, imposed by the district court for the northern district of Texas at the request of the US government, prohibits the defendant and his defence team, as well as prosecutors, from making “any statement to members of any television, radio, newspaper, magazine, internet (including, but not limited to, bloggers), or other media organization about this case, other than matters of public interest.”

It goes on to warn Brown and his lawyers that “no person covered by this order shall circumvent its effect by actions that indirectly, but deliberately, bring about a violation of this order”.

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