July 29, 2021 - NPPA is proud to join in strong support of the newly introduced Journalist Protection Act, which would penalize individuals who intentionally harm journalists while they are doing their jobs. According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, 537 journalists were assaulted between January 1, 2020, and July 15, 2021, and sadly, those attacks continue. Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) reintroduced legislation to better protect journalists and the free press who are essential to our democracy.
“During the difficult times of the past year, from the pandemic to protests, visual journalists have remained on the frontlines to document history and inform the public through powerful images. It's because our work is critical to democracy that we continue to take the necessary risks to tell stories from the field. But lately, the risks have reached an intolerable high. Journalists must be able to gather facts and inform the public without fear of being attacked while out in the field. On behalf of our members and all journalists, NPPA wants to thank Representative Swalwell and Senators Blumenthal and Menendez for reintroducing the Journalist Protection Act,” said NPPA President Katie Schoolov.
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