SoCal Journalism Groups Show Opposition to Amendment to Press Protection Bill

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LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles and Orange County press clubs and more than a dozen other groups that collectively represent thousands of California journalists today announced their opposition to an amendment made to a pending state Senate bill that had been intended to protect journalists covering protests, demonstrations and civil unrest. The amendment to Senate Bill 98 "may actually restrict existing press freedoms rather than expand them, turning this bill on its head and into something that hurts the very people it was written to help,'' according to a statement released by the coalition. SB 98, as originally introduced by Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, "would have modestly extended existing state protections for journalists working in disaster areas to also apply to journalists co
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