By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine Editor
August 5, 2018 (El Cajon) - Councilman Ben Kalasho’s attacks on First Amendment freedom of the press has drawn national attention.
The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, which tracks attacks on journalists’ First Amendment rights in the United States, has published an article on our reporter Paul Kruze’s police complaint against El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho accusing Kalasho of threatening Kruze with atrained attack dog.
The article also references Kalasho’s history of attacks on ECM, its editor and reporter, including defamation and inciting threats of violence online.
The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker site documents “selected public threats made to reporters and media organizations by U.S. politicians and other public figures, which can have a chilling effect on journalism.”