Police raid of Kansas newspaper condemned


August 23, 2023

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking into how and why Marion County sheriff’s deputies and local police raided the Marion County Record newspaper office and the homes of its owners and the town’s vice mayor Aug. 11.

Police seized computer equipment and cell phones from Record staff and the vice mayor. The case quickly gained national attention as an unprecedented violation of established American press rights.

“Freedom of the press is the core value when we think about our democracy,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Aug. 16. “We’ll continue to reaf...

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