H.Res.1009 - Recognizing the threats to press freedom in the United States in the wake of protests following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, reaffirming the centrality of a free and independent press to the health of democracy, and reaffirming freedom of the press as a priority of the United States in promoting democracy, human rights, and good governance.116th Congress (2019-2020)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-5] (Introduced 06/18/2020)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 06/18/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.Res.1009 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (06/18/2020)
This resolution expresses support for freedom of the press and opposes the targeting of journalists.
Specifically, the resolution
- calls on law enforcement to protect freedom of the press and refrain from targeting journalists and media workers;
- calls on government entities to clarify that credentialed press are exempt from curfews enacted in response to protests and public demonstrations;
- stresses the need for accountability where law enforcement entities or protesters violate the Constitution, laws, or regulations in their treatment of journalists and media crews during protests; and
- reaffirms the centrality of freedom of the press to supporting democracy, exposing corruption, and promoting good governance.