Archive May 2008

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Washington Post — Why we need a shield law (opinion)

By Arlen Specter
The Washington Post
May 5, 2008

Attorney General Michael Mukasey is wrong when he says we do not need a federal media shield law.

Mukasey recently argued in an op-ed that there is no need for Congress to provide a qualified, evidentiary pri


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Lufkin Daily News — Texas senators should support shield bill

The Lufkin (Texas) Daily News
By Cox News Service
April 22, 2008

When Sen. John McCain said last week that he would vote for federal legislation to protect journalists' confidential sources, it was a welcome sign of support for a stalled proposal.

The bill t


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Naples Daily News — Journalists need protection to work in public’s interest

Naples (Fla.) Daily News
April 22, 2008

The stars have aligned for a federal shield law for journalists. It’s hardly a matter of controversy except in the darker corners of the Bush administration.

The House approved a shield bill last fall, 398 to 21. The Senate


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Seattle Post-Intelligencer — Senate should act on federal media shield bill (opinion)

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
By Robert Rivard, guest columnist
April 25, 2008

WASHINGTON -- The fact that three different U.S. senators are seeking to become the next president affords our democracy a rare opportunity to strengthen our shared First Amendment Rights.


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Moultrie Observer — Shield law is viable tool in keeping our government honest

The Moultrie (Ga.) Observer
April 25, 2008

Quite often when politicians get burned by the press — their secret dealings shaken from rugs and closets — they typically are obsessed with how the press found out as much as the fact that they found out.

In other words, “


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San Antonio Express-News — Shield law is crucial for information flow

San Antonio Express-News
April 24, 2008

"As a conservative who believes in limited government, I know that the only check on government power in real time is a free and independent press."

That statement made by Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., last year is included in


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News Tribune — Public would benefit most from federal shield law

The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.
April 19th, 2008

A new front in the attack on reporters’ ability to aggressively seek the truth could make journalists pine for the days when all they needed fear for refusing to give up a confidential source was jail.

A federal j


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Dallas Morning News — The free flow of information

The Dallas Morning News
April 20, 2008

An unlikely thing happened last week on the road to the White House: The three major presidential contenders agreed on a touchy issue that bridges the First Amendment and national security.

The Senate has been procrastinati


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Las Vegas Review-Journal — 'A license to do good'

Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 20, 2008

Joining Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, GOP presidential heir apparent Sen. John McCain this week issued his own unexpected endorsement of Rep. Mike Pence's proposed federal shield law -- an endorseme


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New York Times — Protecting a Basic Freedom

The New York Times
April 21, 2008

The effort to enact a federal shield law for journalists got a much-needed bipartisan boost last week. Speaking before a press group, Senator John McCain announced his support for the Free Flow of Information Act. The measure would give re


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