Blumenthal Pushes For Journalist Protection Act

Steve Scott
October 15, 2019 - 5:25 pm
Senator Richard Blumenthal

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on Congress to pass the Journalist Protection Act.

The bill establishes new criminal offenses for intentional acts or attempts to commit acts that cause bodily injury to a journalist.

This follows the showing at a pro-Trump event of a fake video of the president shooting reporters and political enemies. The White House said the president "strongly condemns" the video.

"We want to send a message that threatening, intimidating and attacking journalists has no place in this country," Blumenthal said. "These kinds of assaults on individuals normally would not be a federal crime, they'd be prosecuted at the state or local level, but newsgathering as an exercise of the First Amendment is really quintessentially a federally protected and a matter of national interest."

The legislation is co-sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez and California Congressman Eric Swalwell.