A day after the state of California charged pro-life activists with 15 felonies for secretly taping Planned Parenthood employees, an appeals court has confirmed they are also not permitted to share their investigative recordings.
A federal judge in San Francisco first filed the injunction against the Center for Medical Progress after determining the investigators had obtained information from the National Abortion Federation through fraud.
"One may not obtain information through fraud, promise to keep that information confidential, and then breach that promise in the name of the public interest," Judges Andrew Hurwitz and Donald Molloy argued at the time of the ruling.
Some observers are decrying these court decisions, arguing they do not follow precedent. For instance, as Ben Shapiro points out, in 2002 the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of journalists who went undercover for a story on the Medical Laboratory Management Consultants.
“Where’s the media, rushing to the defense of these undercover journalists” from the CMP, he wondered.