Free newspapers could be prevented from home delivery in San Francisco, under a municipal law recently introduced by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. The city politician is upset at receiving unwanted home copies of the San Francisco Examiner. He introduced a motion last month that would keep free newspapers off lawns, boxes and stoops in San Francisco unless readers have actively subscribed.
Critics of Mirkarimi’s move point out that the Examiner is one of the few newspapers in San Francisco with an aggressive team of investigative reporters who regularly break news at city hall. They also point out that Mirkarimi’s home delivery ban might violate the U.S. constitution.

Free newspapers could be prevented from home delivery in San Francisco, under a municipal law recently introduced by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. The city politician is upset at receiving unwanted home copies of the San Francisco Examiner. He introduced a motion last month that would keep free newspapers off lawns, boxes and stoops in San Francisco unless readers have actively subscribed.
Critics of Mirkarimi’s move point out that the Examiner is one of the few newspapers in San Francisco with an aggressive team of investigative reporters who regularly break news at city hall. They also point out that Mirkarimi’s home delivery ban might violate the U.S. constitution.

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Kelly Toughill is an associate professor of journalism at the University of King's College and founder of Polestar Immigration Research Inc.