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California Bill To Make Undercover Videos Illegal

From Courthouse News Service:

 The bill would criminalize publishing undercover video footage of “health care providers” and subject third parties, including journalists, to penalties for reporting and distributing the illegally recorded footage.
Under AB 1671, a journalist receiving and posting footage from an anonymous source could be punished by the state as well as be opened up to potential civil lawsuits. Whistleblowers would not be exempt from the proposal either, regardless of how they obtained the illegal footage.

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Homeland Security Stops Reporter, Asks To Search Phone

From Motherboard:

On Thursday, a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter claimed that the Department of Homeland Security demanded access to her mobile phones when she was crossing the border at the Los Angeles airport.

“I wanted to share a troubling experience I had with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in the hopes it may help you protect your private information,” Maria Abi-Habib, a WSJ journalist focused on ISIS and Al Qaeda wrote in a post on Facebook. (Abi-Habib confirmed to Motherboard that the Facebook account was hers, but declined to comment further.)

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Lawmaker Trolls Anti-Gun Hypocrites With Reporter Registration Bill

From US News:

A South Carolina lawmaker invited nationwide condemnation Tuesday with legislation proposing a mandatory journalist registry and potential jail time for violators. But state Rep. Mike Pitts now says he intentionally duped reporters and press advocates to expose what he sees as their hypocrisy.

“I filed this legislation as an experiment to make a point about the media and how they only care about the constitution when it comes their portion of the 1st Amendment,” the Republican legislator wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday morning.

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Narco-Censorship: Under threat from Mexican drug cartels, reporters go silent

Placards with pictures of slain journalists are seen this month at a Mexico City rally by journalists protesting the violence they face. (Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP/Getty Images / August 7, 2010)

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times

Journalists know drug traffickers can easily kidnap or kill them — and get away with it.

A new word has been written into the lexicon of Mexico’s drug war: narco-censorship.

It’s when reporters and editors, out of fear or caution, are forced to write what the traffickers want them to write, or to simply refrain from publishing the whole truth in a country where members of the press have been intimidated, kidnapped and killed.”

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/08/narco-censorship.html

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