Assault of Weekly Reporters at Pro-Trump March Prompts Journalist Protection Act
Updated: Aug 17
Time was when editors told reporters “don’t get beat,” it meant they’d better break a story before any rival newspapers. Nowadays, the old dictum takes on a new cautionary meaning with a national database tracking physical assaults on journalists in an increasingly polarized political climate. But Bay Area congressman Eric Swalwell has seen enough of literal attacks on the free press and is doing something about it. He introduced the Journalist Protection Act on Monday that’d make assaulting a reporter on the job a federal crime.
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