Montana Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Protect Press From Assault

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A Bozeman lawmaker has introduced a bill to increase the penalties for assaulting journalists just hours before U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is scheduled to address the Montana House.

Democratic Rep. Tom Woods said Monday his bill goes beyond the case against Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter on the eve of the May 2017 special election.

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5 thoughts on “Montana Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Protect Press From Assault

  • February 5, 2019 at 10:40 am
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    I am absolutely against this! The press has been weaponized and will destroy a person if it suits them. They need NO further protection and insulation from the wrath of an angry public!

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  • February 5, 2019 at 11:27 am
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    so, the media are now more than ordinary citizens? there exist laws against assaulting people … if memory serves, they exist even in montana … that ought to be good enough …

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  • February 5, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    This is buffoonery plain and simple. When did members of media become entitled to more protection than me or anyone else? There is a prevalent, albeit distorted view that freedom of the press means the media have more rights than ordinary citizens. This country has sufficient laws to protect all citizens against assault.

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