Archive July 2007

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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle — Pass federal shield law: Congress shouldn't recess before a key committee vote

Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle
July 31, 2007

This week represents perhaps the best and last hope for Congress this year to protect reporters and editors from overzealous federal prosecutors and judges seeking to pry loose the names of confidential sources.


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Wisconsin State Journal — Advance shield law

Wisconsin State Journal, Madison
July 30, 2007

U.S. Reps. Tammy Baldwin and James Sensenbrenner should pressure the House Judiciary Committee this week to take up a bill preserving press freedom.

The Free Flow of Information Act would protect a journalist's right


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Austin American-Statesman — Congress must shield public’s right to know

Austin (Texas) American-Statesman
July 31, 2007

Congress has another opportunity this week to protect insiders who blow the whistle on government inefficiency and corruption — and the journalists who report it.

Naturally, many people in government don't like the i


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Letter to Canon USA CEO on NFL credentialing requirement

ASNE president Gilbert Bailon has written to the president and CEO of Canon U.S.A., Inc., expressing our concerns over the credentialing requirement by the National Football League that news photographers wear vests displaying advertising logos, including Canons. We are requesting that Canon reconsider their decision to thave their logo displayed on the vest.


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San Antonio Express-News — Smith’s decision on shield law crucial

San Antonio Express-News
Web Posted: 07/28/2007

Freedom of the press is crucial to the survival of American democracy.

And part of that freedom must be allowing journalists to protect confidential sources.

Whistle-blowers aren't as likely to reveal wh


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H.R. 2102 FAQ



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Letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

ASNE President Gilbert Bailon sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell asking that the National Football League reconsider its plans to require news photographers to wear vests that carry advertising logos as a condition of covering games. The text of the letter follows.


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Spectrum — Need for federal shield law

Spectrum, St. George, Utah
June 12, 2007

There is no existing federal law to protect journalists from being held in contempt of court for refusing to divulge the names of sources or testify in regards to unpublished information in federal court - but it is time there was one


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Roanoke Times — Shield Americans' access to the truth

Sometimes it takes an anonymous source for the truth to come out.

The Roanoke (Va.) Times
June 19, 2007

Suppose the head of the U.S. General Services Administration abuses her position to aid Republican candidates and urges her staff to do the same. And supp


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Winston-Salem Journal — Shield law needed

Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal
June 21, 2007

Two years ago, Judith Miller of The New York Times spent more than two months in jail protecting a source. Lewis Libby, who was eventually convicted on perjury charges associated with the same information, may never do prison time.<


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