Archive June 2008

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Olympian — Federal law is needed to shield reporters

The Olympian, Olympia, Wash.
June 27, 2008

Attorney General Rob McKenna has added Washington to a growing list of states in support of a federal law to protect reporters who refuse to name their confidential sources. Washington and dozens of other states have so-called shield


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Daily and Sunday Review — Save federal shield law from limbo

The Daily and Sunday Review, Towanda, Pa.
June 25, 2008

A badly needed federal law to provide journalists with the same protections that they have at the state level, in 49 states and the District of Columbia, has broad support in Congress yet is in legislative limbo.


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Palm Beach Post — Reporter shield bill lost in Senate

Don Wright
The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Fla.
June 24, 2008

A bill that would protect journalists from being compelled to disclose their confidential sources is stuck in the Senate. Despite significant bipartisan support for a federal reporters’ shield law, th


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Pacific Daily News — Shield Law protects public's right to know

Pacific Daily News, Hagatna, Guam
By David V. Crisostomo
June 23, 2008

Guam's Shield Law protects local journalists from having to disclose the identities of their confidential sources.

One of the key roles of journalism in our democracy is to be the watchdo


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Houston Chronicle — Shielding the press

U.S. Senate should vote to protect reporters from most forced disclosures of confidential sources

Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2008

Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

A free press and aggressive news media are essential features of American democracy. I


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Beaumont Enterprise — Texas AG should back shield law

The Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise
June 20, 2008

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has generally been a supporter of the public’s right to know. He seems to understand that openness and accountability should be standard practices for government, not fallback positions. Abbot


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The Free Press — Free Flow of Information Act would provide more protection to the free press

Our View — Protecting the press benefits the people

The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.
June 10, 2008

When journalists are threatened by the government with jail time or heavy financial penalties, it’s not just the media that lose.

The public, which


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Star Tribune — Press and public need a federal shield law

Media reform should start with protection for journalists

Star Tribune, Minneapolis
June 5, 2008

Citizens concerned about the state of the news media begin meeting today in Minneapolis, where the 2008 National Conference for Media Reform proposes to diag


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