As of January 1, House Bill 405 went into effect in North Carolina.
The bill originally targeted only people reporting on agricultural facilities. It was designed to be an “ag gag” bill, to keep people from seeing the unconscionable things that take place behind closed doors at concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
The original bill wouldn’t pass Governor McCrory’s veto, so the authors recast the bill to cover all workplaces, it passed, McCrory vetoed it, and congress overrode the veto.
An industry with nothing to hide doesn’t lobby this hard to get special protection under the law. This is a blatant attack on free speech and journalism. Journalistic freedom is critical to a free, democratic society.
You can read more about it in this NY Times article.