This landmark legislation is the first bill which will prevent companies from firing or retaliating against American workers who defy foreign censorship efforts or refuse to facilitate human rights violations.
Specifically, the Preventing Foreign CENSORSHIP in America Act will:
- prohibit companies from firing or retaliating against employees or contractors because they spoke up about sensitive topics countries like China seek to censor;
- prohibit companies from firing or retaliating against employees who refuse to help their employers facilitate the human rights violations or propaganda efforts of designated geopolitical rivals;
- prohibit employment contracts from requiring workers, even when they are off the clock, from staying silent on topics designated countries seek to censor;
- create federal, state, and private enforcement mechanisms to ensure these rights are upheld and that victims of extraterritorial censorship can have their day in court; and
- establish meaningful reporting requirements to name and shame companies that give into the censorship or self-censorship efforts of geopolitical rivals.
China’s outrageous threats to the Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration and journalists at large should unequivocally condemn China’s threats. And the Trump administration should make clear that any attack on the Wall Street Journal’s servers, systems, or personnel will result in outsized retaliation.