SANTA FE, N.M. — What the administration called a “left-wing weekly tabloid” has overcome an early hurdle in its lawsuit against Gov. Susana Martinez.
State District Judge Sarah Singleton of Santa Fe ruled Wednesday that The Santa Fe Reporter can proceed to try to prove its claim that Martinez has discriminated and retaliated against the newspaper because of its critical coverage of the governor and her administration, in violation of its constitutionally guaranteed free press rights.
The Reporter alleges the governor and her office have failed to give the newspaper the same access to information and comment that they provide to other news outlets.
The administration has denied unlawfully discriminating against the Reporter, saying it has responded to inquiries from the newspaper and provides it with news releases and advisories.