Wisconsin board backs away from free speech restrictions
DARLINGTON, Wis. — A county board in southern Wisconsin has backed away from a plan to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study and discipline elected officials for how they handle information about the research.
The Lafayette County Board on Tuesday night put off a decision on how to release information about private wells contaminated with fecal matter.
The board shelved a resolution that said journalists would be prosecuted if they didn’t quote a county news release verbatim when reporting on water quality. It also had threatened to punish officials who talked publicly without getting government permission…