Editorial: Sign legislation protecting California reporters who cover protests

Published by
The Mercury News

The right of members of the news media to cover protests, demonstrations and rallies is foundational to our democracy. Yet police in California are increasingly detaining, arresting and physically assaulting journalists covering events even after they have clearly identified themselves as members of the press. Gov. Gavin Newsom should sign SB 98 into law, protecting journalists’ ability to keep the public informed of political protests and other occasions in which police have legitimate reasons for sealing off areas from the general public. It’s critical that the governor send a clear message …

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