Saying the gag order interferes with news organizations' efforts to inform the public, the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association has called on Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to lift the order.
The gag order prevents parties to the pension lawsuit from discussing details of a proposed settlement, which is already being voted on by union members and retirees.
"The news departments of the association’s television and radio stations have a right and responsibility to report on issues that impact all Rhode Island taxpayers and the future of our State," the statement reads.
The group asks Taft-Carter to reverse the gag order "so as to give the residents of the State of Rhode Island transparency and knowledge of this high-profile decision affecting each and every Rhode Island taxpayer."
The broadcasters association includes both radio and television stations around the state, including Rhode Island Public Radio.