A restraining order against a newspaper for trying to get a statement from the subject of a story?

The North Coast Journal received a letter to that effect – threatening a restraining order if they make any further attempts to contact Rob Arkley.

That would, if granted, set a very strange precedent – and a bad one for freedom of the press.

Even more amazing than the hubris is what must have been the assumption that the newspaper would comply.  Maybe he was hoping they wouldn’t publish anymore stories about him?  Since by journalistic ethics, they are bound to offer him the opportunity to comment, it would effectively make the publication of these stories unethical – technically speaking.

Hmmmmm.

Politics in Humboldt County.  You gotta love it!

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