The Free Press, which is owned by a private group of media members, says in its complaint that the Burlington Free Public Press Association is a private company that “has no legal standing or power over the Free Press,” and that it “is an entity created by and exclusively owned by the Town of Burlington.”
Shinn said he will ask a judge to dismiss the complaint.
Free Press president Peter Segal also said in a statement that the press conference was an attempt to discredit the Free Public Public Press by the town official.
The press association says in the lawsuit that the Free Pro Press is an independent news organization, not an employer of the mayor and that the town officials who made the decision to remove the Free Free Press reporter were not elected officials.
The lawsuit says the Free Private Press Association, which has about 100 members, does not have a legal standing to enforce its own rules on what is and is not acceptable in the press.
The city of Burlington also released a statement on its website.
“As the press organization it is our intention to defend the town against this lawsuit and its baseless allegations,” the statement said.
“The Free Press has done an outstanding job of providing residents and visitors of Burlington with the most up-to-date news on local issues.
The decision to take this action was not taken lightly and is completely without merit.”