On October 9, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed
SB-98 “Public peace: media access
” into law. The Bill prohibits law enforcement from restricting journalists’ access to closed-off protests. If a journalists is in an otherwise-restricted area, they cannot be punished for being there. While the Bill gives the journalist immediate appeal power, it does not impose criminal liability on the offending officer. The Bill will now give journalists access to areas typically restricted, allowing them to accurately report and inform the public about critical protests and movements in California. Read more.
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