A New York judge ruled on Friday that the New York Times violated the First Amendment rights of Project Veritas when it improperly obtained and published privileged legal documents belonging to the organization.
The judge also ordered the materials returned to them and additional copies destroyed, and forbade them from publishing any more articles based on them.
“ ‘Hit and run journalism’ is no more protected under the First Amendment than speeding on a crowded sidewalk is permitted under a valid driver’s license,” the court ruled.
Project Veritas’ lawyer Harmeet Dhillon praised the ruling as “Christmas came early.”
The Times said the ruling was a “threat to journalism” and vowed to appeal.
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