The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against federal government officials Dec. 22, alleging federal law enforcement officials violated the First and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution when they suppressed a film on the Internet (Zieper v. Reno, D. N.J., No.99-5980, Judge Dickerson R. Debevoise, filed 12/22/99).

ACLU filed the suit on behalf of plaintiffs Mike Zieper, an independent filmmaker in West Caldwell, N.J., and Mark Wieger, owner of BECamation, a company that hosts Web sites in Edwardsburg, Mich., against federal government officials alleging that through fear and intimidation the defendants pressured plaintiffs into censorship.

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