Governor Signs Law Censoring Rap Music

( week, Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a number of measures that sent confusing messages about censorship and free expression.

A rule that limits the use of creative expression in court during criminal proceedings was signed into law by Newsom on Friday. When a party requests to introduce “a form of creative expression” as evidence, the court now has to consider other factors.

According to a statement released by Newsom on Friday, artists of all kinds should be able to create without the fear of unfair and discriminatory prosecution.

Newsom said, “California’s culture and entertainment industry set trends worldwide, and our state should be taking a nation-leading role to protect creative expression and ensure that artists are not criminalized under biased policies.”

Rap lyrics are not the only form of creative expression covered by the law, even though here is where it has drawn the most attention. It is defined as “creativity or imagination expressed or applied in the production or arrangement of shapes, sounds, words, motions, or symbols, including, but not limited to, music, dance, performance art, visual art, poetry, literature, film, and other such things or media.”

Music industry members have argued that such actions are required, particularly in light of the Georgian indictment of rapper Young Thug, which included some of his songs.

“Today, we celebrate a significant win for California’s music creators. Any genre or form of musical expression should not be silenced; this is disrespectful to all musicians. The Recording Academy’s CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., reportedly stated on Friday that the history achieved in California today would help lead the way forward in the battle to defend creative freedom nationwide.

On Friday’s other side of the debate over freedom of speech, Newsom signed a separate bill into law that would impose restrictions on doctors’ ability to discuss COVID.

The bill prohibits doctors from disseminating “misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19, including false or misleading information regarding the nature and risks of the virus”. The bill does not extend to any speech outside of discussions connected to COVID-19 therapy within a direct physician-patient connection.

What if the doctors rap about Covid?