Archive October 2007

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Blade – Shield for democracy

The Blade, Toledo, Ohio
Oct. 26, 2007

IN ANCIENT societies, messengers who brought bad news were often killed by the people they were trying to warn. These days, the messengers are called journalists, and the Bush Administration too often tries to get them to reveal their c


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Times Herald – Federal shield bill should become law

Reporters' confidential sources need protection

Times Herald, Port Huron, Mich.
Oct. 25, 2007

The public's right to know is as important today as ever. Thanks to advances in technology, information is far more accessible. In principal, that should strengthen d


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Buffalo News – Pass federal shield law

House, Senate versions not perfect, but do protect public right to know

The Buffalo (N.Y.) News
Oct. 25, 2007

We've whacked Western New York Congressmen Thomas M. Reynolds and John R. "Randy" Kuhl Jr. pretty hard in recent weeks for their stubborn-in-the-face-


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Harvard Crimson – Shield College Journalists, Too

The federal shield law should not define journalists so narrowly as to exclude students

The Harvard Crimson, Cambridge, Mass.
Oct. 24, 2007

Last Tuesday was supposed to be a triumphant day for journalists. After years of advocating for a federal "shield" law t


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Daily Record – Cheers for new 'shield law'

Daily Record, Parsippany, N.J.
Oct. 23, 2007

It hardly got the attention of the failure to override the president's veto in regard to the State Children's Health Insurance Program, but another vote in the House last week is worthy of comment.

By a ratio of 398-21, t


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Palm Beach Post – Why is Bush intent on breaking shield law?

The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Oct. 20, 2007

This was in the latter part of the 1970s, and people were trying to throw me and my partner in a federal jail.

The memory of those hectic days is why I'm so interested in something that's taking place in our na


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Times and Democrat – Bush should not derail shield law

The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C.
Oct. 19, 2007

ISSUE: Federal shield law

OUR VIEW: Law necessary to ensure press can be watchdog

Despite overwhelming U.S. House approval, legislation that would strengthen the press' watchdog role over governme


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Grand Rapids Press – A needed shield

The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press
Oct. 21, 2007

The role of the press in a democracy is important enough that the nation's founders enshrined press freedom in the First Amendment. Implicit in that prominent placement is a skepticism about the power embedded in government and a re


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Modesto Bee – Pass media shield law despite veto threat

The Modesto (Calif.) Bee
Oct. 22, 2007

Two big news stories involving leaks of information and confidential sources in November and December 2005 highlight the role of the press in the public's right to know what government is doing.

The Washington Post reported in


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Arizona Daily Star – Reporters' 'shields' really protect public

Our view: Government should not be able to compel testimony from journalists who are doing what they are supposed to

Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
Oct. 21, 2007

The life of a democracy depends on the free flow of information. When this flow is interrupted or bloc


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