Senate Dem to offer bill making threats, attacks against news media a federal crime

TheHill | 10/15/2019 | Tal Axelrod
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation that would make threats and attacks against news organizations a federal crime.

“What we have to address is the continuing threat of physical violence, whether by guns or other means, against the press that may intimidate them in their vital newsgathering operation,” Blumenthal said at a press conference.

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“It is a priority for me to protect newsgathering operations no matter what their form and the act that we’re proposing would in fact establish a federal crime when someone threatens or attacks anyone doing f act-gathering or news operations. That is the purpose of this bill.”

Blumenthal added that any attack against a journalist resulting in bodily injury will be punishable by up to three years behind bars, while any attack causing serious bodily injury will be punishable by up to seven years.

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