Today, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Proposed a new bill, Known as the Protection of Journalists from Excessive State Repression (PRESS) Act, which will protect journalists’ data records from being seized by the government.This is a few months after the Ministry of Justice Admit that it obtained phone and email records From reporter Washington post, CNN with New York Times To find out the source.
Wyden said in a statement that rules need to be formulated to “protect journalists from government surveillance” and that they should be “written in black.” He said: “The Trump administration has monitored reporters it suspects of not committing crimes to find out their sources and prevent the American people from understanding the truth about Trump’s lawlessness and corruption.”
Although Biden’s Justice Department initially defended the use of subpoenas, the president quickly stated that it was wrong and stopped the practice. Attorney General Merrick Garland also called for new rules for cases involving journalists. He also met with the executives of the three news organizations mentioned above to discuss the situation.
Although most states have some form of journalist protection laws, the federal government does not. One of the problems with previous attempts at legislation has to do with how to define journalists and what activities should be protected. For example, federal laws must figure out how to protect national security interests while protecting the privacy of journalists.
Wyden’s bill recommends that journalists not be affected by a court order to disclose the source of the information, but if the information can prevent terrorism, identify terrorists, or prevent violence or death, exceptions are allowed.
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