Archive May 2007

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Detroit News — Why a federal shield law is necessary

The Detroit News, op-ed by Christine Tatum, president of the Society of Professional Journalists
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Regardless of whether you think journalists use too many anonymous sources, it's hard to argue that they don't need to promise confidentiality sometimes.


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USA TODAY — Jailing of reporters chills free flow of information

Proposed shield law would enable journalists to protect their sources

May 14, 2007

Josh Wolf is finally free — after seven months in prison for refusing to let federal agents use him and his videotape as a substitute for their own investigati


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Roanoke Times — A tougher, stronger shield

A federal shield law would protect the public's right to know and the news media's freedom to uncover the truth.

The Roanoke (Va.) Times
May 14, 2007

Imagine the waste, fraud and abuse that would have gone unchecked if not for people sharing informatio


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Monterey County Herald —Bring shield law to federal level

The Monterey County (Calif.) Herald
May 13, 2007

Try to picture a reporter's confidential source. You might envision a shadowy character who makes a living selling information, or perhaps a spurned spouse, or a trench-coated character in the Deep Throat mode.

Reality i


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Manhattan Mercury — Federal shield law worthwhile

The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury
May 6, 2007

One needn't look much beyond the Watergate scandal or publication of the Pentagon Papers to realize that there are times confidential sources are invaluable to journalists and to the public.

Abuse, fraud and waste in both the pu


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Times Union — A shield law now

Times Union, Albany, N.Y.
First published: Friday, May 4, 2007

A renewed bipartisan effort is under way in Congress to prevent federal prosecutors and judges from threatening journalists with jail if they refuse to reveal their confidential sources. Passage can't come soon e


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New York Times — Toward a federal shield law

The New York Times
Published: May 3, 2007

When the subject of a journalists’ shield law comes up in Congress, as it has this week, the issue is often framed as an attempt by reporters to give themselves special privileges to the detriment of criminal investigations and even na


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Daily Herald — Press, public need shield law

Daily Herald, Provo, Utah
May 7, 2007

Congress is poised again to consider a bill offering journalists the ability to protect sources in some circumstances.

Sens. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind., have reintroduced a federal shield bill in the Senat


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Contra Costa Times — Pass federal shield law

Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Article Launched:05/04/2007 03:05:45 AM PDT

MOST STATES HAVE LAWS that protect journalists from revealing confidential sources. These laws recognize that, at times, the only way journalists can obtain information critical to public disc


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Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum — Protect free flow of information

Bucyrus (Ohio) Telegraph-Forum
May 4, 2007

It's ironic that we live in the Information Age and have no clear national rules to maintain an unfettered flow of news to American citizens.

The proposed "Free Flow of Information Act" being introduced to Congress, a bill


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