ACLU of Tennessee Prepared to Challenge New “Offensive Images” Law

Broad Attempt to Curb Internet Harassment Could Turn Any User into a Criminal NASHVILLE – Responding to numerous requests for assistance and after a thorough legal analysis, ACLU-TN today announced plans to file a lawsuit challenging Public Chapter 362, which violates the guarantee of freedom of speech and expression under the First Amendment. This new law, which goes into effect on July 1, would make it a crime to post any image online that causes “emotional distress” to any individual. “This new law creates a chilling effect on expressive political, artistic, and otherwise lawful speech and also turns political activists, artists and others into criminals,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director. “In addition, anyone with an online presence, such as social media users, becomes vulnerable.” The “offensive images” law was intended to curtail internet harassment but provides no criteria for determining what is offensive disturbing. The new law’s overly broad and vague language leaves everyone with an online presence vulnerable to prosecution. “ACLU of Tennessee continues to respond to the flood of inquiries by Tennesseans concerned about the freedom of speech implications of the new law and are prepared to take action against this blatantly unconstitutional law,” said Tricia Herzfeld, ACLU-TN Legal Director. Individuals who believe their freedom of speech and expression will be limited by the new law should contact ACLU-TN at intake@aclu-tn.org . Information about the ACLU of Tennessee is available at: www.aclu-tn.org

Twitter Follow

Follow us on

Contact Us

ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT:  This communication or portions thereof may be considered "advertising" as defined by Section 6157(c) of the California Business and Professions Code or within the jurisdiction in which you are viewing this.  Nothing in the discussion above is intended to be a representation or guarantee about the outcome of any legal proceeding in which you may be involved.  By providing the information above in this format, Michel & Associates is not soliciting you to hire it to handle a specific legal matter you may currently have or be anticipating commencing in the future.  Notwithstanding the discussion above, you should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content on this site without seeking appropriate legal advice regarding your particular circumstances from an attorney licensed to practice law.  This communication is informational only and does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Michel & Associates.  Michel & Associates's attorneys are licensed to practice in California, Texas, and the District of Columbia.