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Chelsea Manning writes bill to protect freedom of press

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan., May 7 (UPI) -- Chelsea Manning, the former soldier convicted of giving classified military documents to Wikileaks, submitted a bill to Congress protecting journalists and limiting the Espionage Act.

The proposed bill, which she titled the National Integrity and Free Speech Protection Act, would grant journalists the legal freedom to protect their sources and criticize the government without fear of prosecution.

The act would also lift restrictions in the Freedom of Information Act, making documents accessible in electronic format and preventing government departments from charging journalists for those documents if the department fails to meet time limits set by law.



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