California law provides hefty protections for journalists at protests

Recently signed into law, California Senate Bill 98 gives journalists access to closed-off protests and prohibits law enforcement from obstructing journalists in working the events. Law enforcement may not arrest journalists for failure to disperse, violating curfew or resisting arrest. (Sacramento Bee, October 10, 2021, By Andrew Sheeler)

The Los Angeles Society of Professional Journalists reported that during the last year there were over 50 incidents in California of journalists injured, detained or arrested. (Times of San Diego, October 10, 2021, by Editor, City News Service)

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