As of Monday, a number of California magazines will not be allowed to carry a cover featuring a picture of former presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The ban came after the state’s Board of Education voted to revoke the licenses of magazines that feature pictures of Trump.
News outlets are now prohibited from publishing a cover depicting Trump unless it’s approved by the California State Board of Regents.
The board’s vote was a rare rebuke of Trump, who called the ban “anti-American and anti-freedom.”
The decision comes after the California Education Association filed a lawsuit in January against California’s board of education for the ban, saying the move was discriminatory and hurt the state economy.
News organizations including The Sacramento Bee and the San Francisco Chronicle were among those that filed lawsuits on behalf of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, which represents the state publishers.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a statement Monday saying he supports the board’s decision to allow the ban on cover pictures of the Republican nominee.
“The Board of Public Instruction has long been clear that the state must protect freedom of expression in the print and electronic media, and the Board’s action today makes clear that it is so,” Becerras statement said.
The decision is part of a larger campaign against the use of political cartoons in print and online, a fight that began after a series of cartoons published in the late 1960s depicted the then-presidential candidate as a monkey and a Nazi.
A handful of news outlets that are still allowed to publish the pictures of Mr. Trump have sued to overturn the ban.
Last year, the California Supreme Court struck down the ban that prevented The New York Times from using a picture featuring the candidate’s face as cover artwork for a book that is still available in stores.
In April, the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of a newspaper publisher who challenged the ban in court.
In a separate ruling, the same court allowed The Associated Press to reprint a picture that featured a caricature of Mr, Trump.
Last month, the Associated Press announced it was relocating from New York City to a building owned by a Trump campaign adviser, the owner of a Trump Tower in Manhattan.