Florida senator introduces bill to make harassment of journalists a hate crime

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Florida State Senator Janet Cruz (D) has tabled a bill that would make assaulting a member of the media a hate crime, which she claims is necessary to protect a free press, although members of the press at large part were not happy with the bill and the precedent it could create.

Assaulting a photojournalist would be considered a hate crime in Florida if a Sen. [+] Janet Cruz (D) becomes law.

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The bill it would add “employment as a member of the press” to a state list of protected classes for hate crime charges, alongside classes such as race, religion and sexual orientation.

Cruz said scenes of …

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