Archive October 2007

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New York Times — The Public’s Right to Know

The New York Times
Oct. 9, 2007

Efforts to enact a federal shield law for journalists have passed a critical milestone in the Senate. By a 15-to-2 vote, the Judiciary Committee approved legislation sponsored by Senators Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Charles Sc

San Francisco Chronicle — FOLLOWING UP

Pelosi pushes shield law

San Francisco Chronicle
October 8, 2007

What we said: Forty-nine states now offer varying levels of protection for journalists using anonymous sources. But those state shield laws are undermined by the absence of a federal law - becaus

Roanoke Times — Editorial: Pass the federal shield law bill

A journalist must be able to promise a source anonymity without fear of federal subpoena.

Roanoke (Va.) Times
Oct. 9, 2007

Proposed legislation that would establish a federal shield law has enjoyed broad bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.


Lufkin Daily News — EDITORIAL: Shield Law

Lufkin (Texas) Daily News
Oct. 05, 2007

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee began debate Thursday on a proposed federal shield law that would protect reporters from having to reveal confidential sources in federal cases. The bill is critical to stopping increasing attempts by

Sacramento Bee — Rick Rodriguez: Federal shield law would protect public's right to know

Sacramento (Calif.) Bee
Oct. 6, 2007

When track star Marion Jones admitted Thursday that she used steroids while training for the 2000 Summer Olympics, I was profoundly disappointed and paradoxically proud.

Disappointed because another American hero had fallen, a hero

Orlando Sentinel — A shield worth having

Our position: It's important that reporters be able to protect their confidential sources.

Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel
October 7, 2007

Who, besides the press, has anything to lose if reporters are regularly hauled into court and ordered to give up their confidential

El Paso Times — Shield law: Both media, public benefit from openness

El Paso (Texas) Times
Oct. 8, 2007

Both the media and the public came out winners Thursday when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would prevent reporters from being forced to reveal their source in some federal court cases.

The measure passe

New York Times — A Shield for the public

The New York Times
Sept. 20, 2007

For freedom of the press to be more than a promise and for the public to be kept informed about the doings of its government, especially the doings that the government does not want known, reporters must be able to pursue the news wherever it

Arizona Republic — Kyl: Secrecy's champion

The Arizona Republic, Phoenix
Oct. 3, 2007

Senator Secrecy.

That's the reputation Arizona's Sen. Jon Kyl has earned in Washington, where he too often puts the interests of the bureaucracy ahead of citizens' need to know what their government is doing.

He did it

San Francisco Chronicle — Shield law must advance

San Francisco Chronicle
Oct. 3, 2007

This country is justifiably proud of its press freedoms, but on one count - a federal shield law for reporters - an important guarantee is missing.

For readers of this paper, Example A is the BALCO case. Two Chronicle reporters c

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