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California’s AB5 — often cited as a move to protect “gig economy” workers from exploitation at the hands of large corporations and big tech companies — passed in the California Legislature and has been signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. This is a potentially huge blow to press freedoms, particularly for small, local news outlets.

Freelance journalists and press organizations believe that the rules proposed by AB-5 will constrict journalists and make it difficult for smaller press outlets to maintain a functioning staff. By making it difficult for writers and photographers to regularly contribute to multiple outlets, AB5 actually hurts both freelancers and newspapers. Many small newspapers feel that AB5 could be the death knell for small, independent press.

Free press advocates are pushing for an amendment or an expanded “journalist exception” to AB-5 so that the bill could still protect vulnerable gig economy workers without hindering press freedoms. Will you help us stand up for a free press? Sign this petition to ask California to reconsider a journalist exception to AB5, and to urge other states to consider journalists and press outlets when drafting similar legislation. Tell your reps that it’s possible to protect workers rights and preserve a free press!

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We Hold These Truths

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How this will help

Freelance journalists working for newspapers, magazines, and online media are fundamentally different than drivers working for Silicon Valley startups. We need to rethink gig-economy laws to...

Freelance journalists working for newspapers, magazines, and online media are fundamentally different than drivers working for Silicon Valley startups. We need to rethink gig-economy laws to protect vulnerable workers while still giving journalists the freedom they need to pursue truth outside of corporate interests.

Sponsored by "We Hold These Truths" a First Amendment oriented human rights campaign from the McCain Institute.

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