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Hearing held for Freedom of Press bill

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - In the wake of the Guam Police Department's raid on the KUAM Studios in Harmon, today a public hearing was held on Bill 398, which would make it unlawful for police to seize work product from a newsroom unless the work in question is connected to a crime being committed by a reporter. The bill's author, Senator Ray Tenorio, hopes the legislation will prevent government intimidation as a use to get these documents. 

When KUAM's offices were raided, police were searching for a copy of a document obtained by KUAM News related to the employment of a police officer trainee who did not pass a required polygraph examination. Operations manager for the Marianas Variety Guam Edition, Amir Younis, testified in support of the bill, while former police officer

Vicente Garrido expressed his concerns about the legislation in particular questioning the rights of individuals who might be the focus on a news report.

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