WASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Foundation has announced that Rep. Eric Swalwell will receive its First Amendment Defender Award on March 8 at the 28th Annual First Amendment Awards in Washington.
In February, Swalwell, from California’s 15th Congressional District, introduced the Journalist Protection Act. The proposed bill would make it a “federal crime to intentionally cause bodily injury to a journalist affecting interstate or foreign commerce in the course of reporting or in a manner designed to intimidate him or her from newsgathering for a media organization.”
The black-tie event, hosted this year by Master of Ceremonies Margaret Brennan, moderator of CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” is the Foundation’s annual fundraiser in support of its ongoing work to promote and protect journalism through training, scholarships and education.
RTDNF, a 501(c)3 educational foundation, was created to help RTDNA members embody and uphold the standards of ethical journalism and promote leadership in the newsroom. The Foundation works for an America in which the press is able to hold the powerful to account, shine a light on corruption and act a catalyst for positive change in local communities without denial of access, undue restriction or fear of attack. We train and equip local journalists and journalism students to know their rights and seek and report truth ethically – upholding your right to know.
RTDNF thanks our sponsors, including CBS News, NBC News, MSNBC and Know Your Value, CNN, Hearst Television, ABC News, CNN Newsource, Nexstar, Rock'n Robin Productions and TEGNA, for their support of RTDNF and the First Amendment Awards