A nonprofit journalism association wants the Northern District of Florida to protect the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment by determining that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. has established a prima facie case of retaliation against protected speech.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) submitted an amicus brief in support of Disney warning the court that handing Gov. Ron DeSantis a victory could have a chilling effect on the media nationwide.

“The government conduct in question targets a public company, but if the State of Florida and its officials succeed in defending their actions against Disney in this case, governments across the country may be emboldened to take action against not only public companies, but journalists, reporters, and the greater news media when they exercise their First Amendment freedoms,” the July 28 brief states.

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