Anti-Trump Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. – who has vigorously promoted his own “fake news” by accusing Fox News’ Tucker Carlson of working for Vladimir Putin and claiming Trump has “instated more pro-Russia policies that America has seen in decades” – says he’s been inspired by President Trump to propose a law making it a federal crime to “intimidate” or attack journalists.
Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, introduced the Journalist Protection Act in the House on Monday. He claimed the legislation must be passed to protect reporters from the “toxic environment” created by President Trump, who has accused some media outlets of reporting “fake news.”
Swalwell’s bill makes it a federal crime “to intentionally cause bodily injury to a journalist affecting interstate or foreign commerce in the course of reporting or in a manner designed to intimidate him or her from newsgathering for a media organization” and “represents a clear statement that assaults against people engaged in reporting is unacceptable, and helps ensure law enforcement is able to punish those who interfere with newsgathering.”
The Journalist Protection Act is co-sponsored by the following 12 Democrats: Reps. Steve Cohen (Tenn.), David Cicilline (R.I.), Grace Napolitano (Calif.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), Andre Carson (Ind.), Debbie Dingell (Mich.), Darren Soto (Fla.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), Jose Serrano (N.Y.), Bobby Rush (Ill.), Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Gwen Moore (Wis.).
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