Lawmakers to withdraw bill that proposed restricting press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Associated Press)- Democratic lawmakers in Rhode Island have proposed- and quickly backed away – from legislation seeking to prevent media outlets from reporting on news they deem defamatory.

State Sen. Sandra Cano and three other senators filed the “Stop Guilt by Accusation Act” on Wednesday. By Thursday, a Senate spokesperson said the lawmakers planned to withdraw the bill.

Sen. Elizabeth Crowley, a bill co-sponsor, says the proposal had been pitched to them as way to protect those accused of crimes but not found guilty.

The American Civil Liberties Union was among those who denounced the bill as an attack on the 1st Amendment.

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