By: EDITORIAL STAFF
S.F. newspapers rack up victory
Newspapers are claiming victory in San Francisco, where a federal judge voided a new law limiting the type and number of news racks on city streets, the San Francsico Chronicle reports. U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong issued a preliminary injunction against the law, saying it appeared to lack an adequate appeals process for newspapers who are denied use of racks. The law, the latest effort by a city to regulate racks, would put racks under the city’s control. The city argued it needed the ordinance to keep the streets free of clutter, but several newspaper companies complained that it violated free-speech rights and discriminated against smaller papers.
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