The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity is taking action against an attempt to give the government power to decide who is and isn’t considered a “journalist”:

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee led by Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have attached an amendment to Senate Bill 987, which would give the Department of Justice power to determine who qualifies for protection as a journalist under the First Amendment.

Here at the Franklin Center, we believe in the power of a free press. We already have a law to protect the press from government meddling in our newsgathering efforts and excluding Americans from the reporting process. It’s called the First Amendment.

Gee, what could possibly go wrong with the government deciding who is and isn’t a “journalist”? We thought the government worked for the people, not the other way around.

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