The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Georgia’s Northern District, in Atlanta.
Georgia Southern and a spokesman for University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley, also a defendant in the lawsuit, said they are reviewing the complaint with the state attorney general’s office noting Martin’s complaint involves a state law. They declined further comment Monday.
Alongside Martin on Monday were Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.
Her lawsuit complaint calls for the Georgia law to be ruled unconstitutional. She also wants $1,000 in compensatory damages.
Martin founded the website Media Roots, where she does podcasts about politics and global affairs. The most recent topic include criticism of the mainstream media’s coverage of the Democratic Party presidential race and of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who’s called a “neocon monster.” She recently produced a documentary called “Gaza Fights for Freedom.”
Martin has been criticized for past work, including a prior stint at the RT network, which was funded, according to news accounts, by the Russian government. Her Twitter profile says she has been accused by the federal government of “ ‘fomenting radical discontent’ for covering the news.”