Journalism Defenders Push for Passage of ‘Game-Changing’ PRESS Act
MEDIA, 19 Dec 2022
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service
“The PRESS Act is the most important free press legislation in modern times because it would finally stop the government from spying on journalists and threatening them with arrest for doing their jobs,” explained one advocate.
“Now is crunch time to make the PRESS Act the law of the land before this Congress adjourns.”
“The time between an election and the inauguration of a new Congress—or the lame-duck, as it is affectionately known—is ironically a time when things can happen on the Hill, in part because departing members don’t have to worry about reelection,” Emily Hockett, a Technology Press Freedom Project fellow, wrote for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
“This year, the Senate has a unique opportunity to pass a landmark federal shield bill that would protect journalists from being forced to disclose source information and work product to federal agencies and courts, with narrow exceptions,” she continued.
“The PRESS Act has broad bipartisan support and is a reasonable, commonsense measure to protect the public’s right to know,” Hockett added. “That’s why it passed the House unanimously, and why 49 states and the District of Columbia have similar protections. Your move, Senate.”
Tags: Freedom of the press, Investigative Journalism, Journalistic Ethics, Media, Press Freedom, Whistleblowing
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