Halle Berry (Photo : Reuters)
Last Wednesday, Sept. 25, California approved Law 606 which seeks to raise sentences and punishments to photographers who harass children of celebrities.
People pointed out that actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner were the main promoters of the law project that will provide better protection for the children of celebrities against paparazzi harassment.
Governor Jerry Brown was in charge of approving the project that will benefit not only children but also their parents by sparing them from having to fight with photographers constantly.
"I began this fight with a lot of hope and some uncertainty, so I'm left speechless trying to express my immense gratitude to governor Brown, who has acknowledged and acted to alleviate the torment of children harass due to their parents identity or prominence," said Halle Berry, as quoted by the same source.
Harassment from photographers has been a problem for celebrity parents for a long time. "In the name of my children, I express my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those very aggressive paparazzi, whose behavior has cause so much trauma and emotional stress," the actress added.
Jennifer Garner told authorities that she and her children, Violet, Manuel and Seraphina, were constantly harassed everywhere by paparazzi, which was very uncomfortable for her children.
People enumerates some of the new punishments for paparazzi, highlighting an increase of 6 months to 1 year imprisonment for harassment and increase in fines from $1,000 to $10,000 or even $20,000 to whoever violates the law for a second time and $30,000 if the paparazzi violates the law for a third time.
Among the groups opposed to the law is the California Society of Newspaper Editors, since, according to the article, this could represent a problem for journalists trying to cover show business.