The Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on April 17, 2024, in Washington D.C. (Senate Television via AP)

CPJ, partners join call for U.S. Senate to advance PRESS Act

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 85 journalism and civil society organizations and 35 attorneys and law professors in urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule a markup of the Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying Act (PRESS Act) as soon as possible so that it can be considered by the full Senate and become law.

The PRESS Act would create a federal shield law, protecting journalist-source confidentiality and preventing government surveillance of journalistic activity through phone and email providers.

The legislation, which CPJ helped author, passed the House twice but has previously languished in the Senate.

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