Journalist Protection Act created to make attacking journalist a federal crime

By Sharon Dunten, SPJ Region 3 Assistant Regional, editor of SizingUpTheSouth.com WASHINGTON, DC. — A member of the U.S. House Intelligence and Judiciary committee, Rep. Eric Swalwell, (CA-15) has introduced the Journalist Protection Act to make it a “federal crime of certain attacks on those reporting the news.” According to Swalwell’s website, the Journalism Protection…

Protection for journalists is worth the fight

Baxley Bites By¬†David Baxley, SPJ South Carolina member and Associate Professor at¬†Francis Marion University On the day before a special election in Montana last year, Ben Jacobs was in the middle of interviewing Greg Gianforte. Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, pressed the Republican candidate on a wide range of issues including legislation that would…