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Police must allow journalists access to closed-off demonstrations and protests, under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. T

he new law, Senate Bill 98, requires that journalists be given unfettered access to closed-off protests, and prohibits law enforcement officers from assaulting, interfering or obstructing journalists from covering such events.

Journalists at such scenes “shall not be cited for the failure to disperse,violation of a curfew or resisting arrest,” according to a California Senate floor analysis of the bill.

The law applies to “duly authorized” members of any news service, online news service, newspaper, or radio or television station or network.

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