Rep. Jim Jordan, a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, spoke in support of Project Veritas’ rights as journalists to investigate government corruption without fear of retaliation or persecution.
Rep. Jordan said he supported Rep. Jerry Nadler’s HR 4330 bill, which codifies what constitutes a journalist. The provisions that Rep. Jordan cites were authored and introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs, and those provisions clearly define the scope of what it means to be a journalist.
Here is some of what the bill states:
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Protect Reporters from
Exploitative State Spying Act’’ or the ‘‘PRESS Act’’.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
(1) COVERED JOURNALIST.—The term ‘‘covered
journalist’’ means a person who regularly gathers,
prepares, collects, photographs, records, writes,
edits, reports, or publishes news or information that
concerns local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to
(5) JOURNALISM.—The term ‘‘journalism’’
means gathering, preparing, collecting,
photographing, recording, writing, editing, reporting,
or publishing news or information that concerns
local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to the pub-
The bill would clearly refute the Justice Department’s assertion that Project Veritas does not engage in journalism.