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News giants join Carlos Smith lawsuit vs. Florida Dept. of Health for COVID-19 data

An alliance of media companies has filed to join Democratic Florida Rep. Carlos Smith’s lawsuit against the state Department of Health and outgoing Surgeon General Scott Rivkees for the agency’s refusal to release previously public COVID-19 information.

In a motion filed Wednesday afternoon, eight news organizations — The Associated Press, Gannett Co., The McClatchy Company, The New York Times, Scripps Media, Sun-Sentinel Company, Times Publishing Co. and WP Company — and the charitable First Amendment Foundation filed to intervene as plaintiffs.

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