Archive August 2008

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Evansville Courier & Press — EDITORIAL: Right to know

The Issue: Protection for reporters, sources denied.
Our View: Bring it back early next year.

Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press
August 4, 2008

Unfortunately, an unrelated Senate dispute over an energy bill appears to have killed a federal shield l

Las Vegas Sun — Expanding free press

Senate Republicans block legislation that would create a much needed media shield law

Las Vegas Sun
August 4, 2008

The media’s vital watchdog role in a free society depends in large part on unfettered access to individuals or groups that can provide inform

Buffalo News — Pass the shield law

Congress needs to follow states in protecting flow of information

The Buffalo (N.Y.) News
August 2, 2008

Once again, Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would protect reporters and the public from the threat posed by a secretive federal government

El Paso Times — Media shield law: Measure lost in political games

El Paso (Texas) Times
August 3, 2008

Political gamesmanship in the U.S. Senate has once again shelved a media shield law, at least for the present. It may -- may -- come up for discussion in September, though there's no guarantee.

A media shield law would protect

Grand Rapids Press — Federal shield law is needed

The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press
August 03, 2008

Aproposed law to protect whistle-blowers against exposure has been blown off in the U.S. Senate -- at least for now. The important legislation shouldn't wait for the next Congress and president. Lawmakers ought to pass it when t

Star-Ledger — A shield law held hostage

The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.
August 01, 2008

Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter is anything but a bleeding-heart liberal. So what is he doing sponsoring legislation that would protect journalists from having to reveal confidential sources in federal courts? Protect

Hunterdon Review — Senators, stand up for a free press

Hunterdon Review, Clinton, N.J.
July 31, 2008

Barring procedural obstacles, the U.S. Senate is due to consider S.2035, “The Free Flow of Information Act,” also dubbed “the Shield Bill,” legislation intended to protect confidential sources and the public’s right to know.


St. Petersburg Times — Shield law hits Senate road block

St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times
August 1, 2008

Another opportunity to protect journalists from being forced to disclose their confidential sources has been missed in the Senate — and Florida's Mel Martinez bears a share of the blame. Martinez joined most other Senate Republica

Ventura County Star — Editorial: Oh-so-close on shield law

Senate dispute derails bill

Ventura County Star, Camarillo, Calif.
August 1, 2008

Unfortunately, an unrelated Senate dispute over an energy bill appears to have killed a federal shield law for journalists.

The Senate on Wednesday — with Califor

Athens Banner-Herald — Senators are on notice on U.S. 'shield law'

Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald
July 31, 2008

If Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson are supportive of legislation that would assist in the uncovering of waste, fraud, abuse and criminal activity in the federal government, it's hard to discern from a vote each of the

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