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TODAY   |  September 25, 2013

New Calif. law shields celebs’ kids from paparazzi

A bill backed by such celebrities as Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. It imposes harsher punishments on photographers convicted of harassing celebrity children.

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>> it's an emotional victory for halle berry and jennifer garner . they have been the most outspoken supporters of a california bill meant to stop the paparazzi from getting too close to their kids.

>> i love my kids. they're beautiful and sweet and innocent and i don't want a gang of shouting, arguing, law breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are all day every day to continue traumatizing my kids.

>> well, the legislature agreed and the governor, california 's governor jerry brown just signed that bill into law. it imposes harsher punishments on photographers convicted of harassing celebrities children. media critics say the law is into broad and worry it might get in the way of legitimate news gathering.

>> i live near jennifer garner in california and i have witnessed what happens. i bring my family to the same park and until you see these guys in action, this is going to be a good law. because they're all over the children.

>> and if you see the -- if you see the video tape of halle berry , i think it's in an airport trying to get her kid into the car and the crush of media around it, it can't be good for the kids.

>> i wonder if it's going to happen in new york.