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Newsmax counter-sues Smartmatic, widening fight over U.S. election fraud claims -Breaking

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© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Smartmatic’s corporate logo can be seen at its Caracas office on August 2, 2017, in Venezuela. REUTERS/Christian Veron/File Photo

By Jan Wolfe

WASHINGTON (Reuters] – U.S. TV network Newsmax Media Inc, a right-wing channel in the United States, on Monday challenged Smartmatic Corp. Smartmatic Corp was an election security firm which claims that Newsmax’s coverage about the 2020 Presidential election defamed it.

Smartmatic sued Newsmax for amplifying false claims Smartmatic voting machines rigged against President Donald Trump. He continues to falsely claim that his defeat was due to fraud.

San Diego’s Newsmax, which is based in San Diego, denied Smartmatic was defamed and claimed the software company tried to intimidate and censor critics.

Smartmatic filed a complaint against Newsmax stating that the action was based on Newsmax’s exercising of its rights to free speech with respect to public issues.

Smartmatic representatives did not respond immediately to our request for comment.

Newsmax’s counterclaim is without merit according to Jessica Levinson (a Loyola Law School law professor in Los Angeles) who was not involved in this case.

Levinson said that Smartmatic is a solid case for defamation and should be tried.

Levinson stated that there is an irony in the fact that anyone could try to silence free speech.

Smartmatic, whose U.S. headquarters is in Boca Raton, Florida, in February has also sued https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/murdoch-emails-loom-large-billion-dollar-election-lawsuits-against-fox-news-2021-12-14 Fox News, a subsidiary of Fox Corp, and One America News Network over their election coverage.

Dominion Voting Systems Corp is another voting machine company that has filed similar lawsuits. Dominion, like Smartmatic is seeking billions in damages.

They claim that they only report on issues of public concern, and their reporting is protected under free speech provisions in the U.S Constitution’s First Amendment.

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