Jan. 28 Training Session: The Gagging of America

Friday, January 28, 2022
noon – 1 p.m. ET

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has repeatedly told businesses that it’s illegal to enforce blanket “gag rules” that forbid employees from speaking to the media. So why do so many of them still do it?

In this training session with First Amendment legal expert Frank LoMonte, we’ll help journalists

  • explore what, if anything, can be done to improve journalists’ access to rank-and-file workers at the nation’s most influential companies
  • discuss the latest NLRB and court rulings
  • examine how you might be able to use them to pry loose more information on your beat
  • answer your questions


Henry Dubroff is the majority owner, founder, chairman, and editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times. A past president of SABEW, Dubroff is chair of the organization’s First Amendment Committee, which is dedicated to helping protect press freedoms

Frank LoMonte is a professor at the University of Florida, where he teaches media law and runs the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, a think-tank focused on the public’s right of access to civically valuable documents and data. He formerly practiced law with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, clerked on the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and was the executive director of the nonprofit Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to embarking on his legal career, LoMonte was an investigative journalist and political columnist.

Matt Drange is a senior correspondent based out of Business Insider’s San Francisco bureau. Matt previously reported on money and power in Silicon Valley for Protocol, The Information, Forbes magazine, and The Center for Investigative Reporting. He’s received dozens of journalism awards and … was SABEW’s 2019 winner of the Larry Birger Award. Matt sits on SABEW’s First Amendment Committee as well as the Freedom of Information Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), northern California chapter


SABEW’s First Amendment Committee is dedicated to helping protect press freedoms. This committee is vigilant in its role as a watchdog over government agencies, working to ensure that journalists – and all citizens – have access to accurate, relevant government-supported data. The committee regularly issues statements in support of press freedom and for sufficient funding of government-collected and issued information. It engages government officials, private economists, watchdogs, other stakeholders and the public on the importance of robust and transparent economic and financial data as well as on the mission of business and financial journalism more broadly.


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