The arrest of KPCC's Josie Huang and Florida voting rights for felons

What First Amendment rights do journalists have while covering protests and political events? Photo credit: Engin Akyurt/CC 2.0, via Pixabay

KPCC reporter Josie Huang was arrested on Saturday night when she was covering the shooting of LA County sheriff’s deputies in Compton.

The sheriff’s department said in a statement on Twitter that Huang “did not identify herself as press” and charged her with a misdemeanor. But videos released by Huang — and later On Scene TV — show Huang repeatedly saying she was a reporter with KPCC. In the videos, people can also see a press ID hanging around her neck. KCRW talks about the First Amendment rights of journalists in situations like these.

Also late last week, an appeals court reinstated a Florida law that requires former felons to pay any outstanding fines and fees they have to the state in order to have their voting rights reinstated.