Archive March 2008

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Times Union — A shield — now

Times Union, Albany, N.Y.
March 11, 2008

Last October, the chances for a federal shield law looked promising. The House had passed legislation to protect reporters from facing fines and jail for refusing to disclose their confidential sources in federal cases, and the Sena


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TimesDaily — Federal shield law

TimesDaily, Florence, Ala.
March 13, 2008


Fines levied against a former USA Today reporter for refusing to reveal anonymous sources used in her reporting on the 2001 anthrax case emphasizes the need for a federal shield law for journali


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USA TODAY — Our view on your right to know: Judge forces reporter to pick between sources, bankruptcy

Ruling sends chilling message to journalists, whistle-blowers

March 10, 2008

Few would argue against the idea that a free press is essential to democracy. Who else will keep watch on government and other powerful interests? But if one judge in


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Austin American-Statesman — Finally, a vote on a media shield law?

Austin (Texas) American-Statesman
By Rebecca Carr
March 6, 2008

Looks like pressure is building from top senators of both parties for a vote on a media shield law.

Just in time for Sunshine Week?

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D


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Jackson Sun — It’s time for a federal shield law for reporters

The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun
March 10, 2008

The time is long past for Congress to pass a federal shield law for reporters. Laws or court decisions providing protection for members of the media already exist in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Now, it's time for the fed


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Register-Guard — Stop stalling shield law

Senate should allow bill to have a floor vote

The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.
March 8, 2008

Why do the news media need a federal law that allows reporters to protect their confidential sources? It’s a fair question, and it has a number of good answers. 

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Washington Post — Time for a Shield Law

Reporters and their sources need protection.

The Washington Post
March 3, 2008

THERE ARE laws or court decisions in 49 states and the District of Columbia that protect the relationship between reporters and their sources. Yet no such safeguard exists on th


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