Department of Justice to manage list of authorized journalists
The First Amendment protects the rights of free speech and the press; it doesn't say that the government can determine who receives those rights, it forbids Congress from making any law that abridges the freedom of speech. And if the government can license certain journalists for special privileges, it will certainly abridge the freedom of speech of those not so licensed, as they will be under threat of government retaliation.
That's bad enough, but having the Department of Justice manage the list is even worse. That department is one that the press need to keep an eye on the most, as it has a tremendous amount of domestic power and is often abused for political purposes.
If the list of authorized journalists is maintained by the DOJ, they will simply arrange for anyone they want to abuse to lose their protected status.
Luckily this legislation has not yet passed -- not even the Senate.
This entry was published Tue Sep 17 22:28:06 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2013-09-17 22:28:06.0.