Two people standing outside an office. One is in a shirt identifying him as a member of the sheriff's office. People inside the office are hunched over a table.

Kansas newspaper raid draws plenty of attention, but journalists defy threats across U.S.

BY: - August 22, 2023

After Kansas Reflector reported on the ignominious and unconstitutional raid of the Marion County Record on Aug. 11, news outlets and commentators from across Kansas and the nation followed suit throughout the weekend. The voices of those who value a free press and free expression were overwhelming in their force and intensity. Eight days later, […]

Marion County Record publisher Eric Meyer holding up a copy of the first newspaper printed after a police raid on the newspaper. Media are assembled around him.

Marion County Record publishes in defiance of police raid — and gets seized property back

BY: - August 17, 2023

MARION — Marion County Record staff worked through the night to publish the paper’s weekly edition as scheduled Wednesday, days after police raided the newsroom and confiscated computers, cellphones and other items. A single word screamed across the top of the paper in 200-point bold type — “SEIZED” — followed by a defiant statement: “… […]

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Kansas newspaper’s lawyer chastises police for treating newspaper as ‘drug cartel’

BY: - August 14, 2023

TOPEKA — An attorney representing the Marion County Record in wake of a raid of the newspaper’s office urged Marion law enforcement officials to stop short of examining computers and other seized property pending a court hearing on whether the search violated legal standards. Bernie Rhodes, a lawyer from Kansas City, Missouri, said in a […]

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Police stage ‘chilling’ raid on Kansas newspaper, seizing computers, records and cellphones

BY: , , and - August 12, 2023

MARION, Kansas — In an unprecedented raid Friday, local law enforcement seized computers, cellphones and reporting materials from the Marion County Record office, the newspaper’s reporters, and the publisher’s home. Eric Meyer, owner and publisher of the newspaper, said police were motivated by a confidential source who leaked sensitive documents to the newspaper, and the […]