Archive August 2010

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Indianapolis Star — Source protection serves public

The Indianapolis Star
August 10, 2010

Tipped off about appalling conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, reporters at The Washington Post relied on dozens of sources, including many who asked to remain anonymous, to document the unnecessary suffering that wounded soldiers endured at the hospital in 2007.The Post's stories forced the Defense Department and the White House to take immediate steps to improve patients' care at the hospital.

Los Angeles Times — WikiLeaks and a journalism 'shield law'

Congress' attempt to pass a 'shield law' runs up against problems created by the recent leaking of documents by WikiLeaks.
Los Angeles Times
August 5, 2010

For years, members of Congress have tied themselves in knots trying to figure out how to pass a "shield law" that allows journalists to protect the identities of sources without giving anything to journalists whom those same members do not like or appreciate. Lawmakers recognize the value of protecting sources when they disclose the Pentagon Papers or details about Watergate, but they're less keen on those who reveal corporate secrets or classified documents about wars they support. Now, with a shield law poised for approval, the WikiLeaks disclosures of classified material from Afghanistan have reinforced the timidity that has delayed this legislation for too long.

Florida Today — Our views: Right to know (Aug. 12)

Federal shield act is needed to protect free flow of information
Floriday Today, Melbourne
August 12, 2010

A strong, free press guaranteed by the Founding Fathers at the top of the Bill of Rights relies heavily on the ability of journalists to protect the identity of sources.

Buffalo News — Approve the shield law

Senate’s delay threatens passage of crucial measure on confidentiality
The Buffalo (N.Y.) News
August 12, 2010

The U. S. Senate is dragging its feet on approving a federal shield law. If it doesn’t move quickly, the opportunity to enact this crucial measure may be lost.

Orlando Sentinel — Our take on: Shield law for journalists

Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel
August 13, 2010

Being informed

Journalists routinely uncover cases of waste, incompetence or corruption in governments or other powerful institutions because insiders are willing to spill the beans. But those insiders often are reluctant to have their names publicly revealed for fear of losing their jobs or having their reputations attacked.

Tampa Tribune — A shield for journalists

The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune
August 16, 2010

Last year the U.S. House of Representatives for the second time passed a shield law, limiting compelled testimony from journalists who have promised a source confidentiality. A U.S.Senate committee subsequently approved similar legislation, but the bill has yet to be brought to the floor in the upper chamber.

Plain Dealer — U.S. Senate must move shield law

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
August 15, 2010

Here's something the Senate could do, should it choose to function like a legislative body when it returns to work next month: Pass the Free Flow of Information Act to create a federal shield law for reporters.

Tennessean — Bring federal shield law to vote

The Tennessean, Nashville
Aug. 13, 2010

Whistle-blowers in Tennessee and a number of other states can come forward and report waste, fraud and other wrong doings to the media, knowing that state shield laws protect them and journalists from being compelled to disclose their sources.

ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institutes wrap up

As part an aggressive national effort to grow youth journalism, news literacy and access to new-media tools, this year's five ASNE Reynolds Institute programs trained 162 high school teachers from 41 states and the District of Columbia

Last chance on federal shield law?

ASNE is urging its members to contact their Senators during the August recess to urge passage of the long-stalled "Free Flow of Information Act." Click the link below to learn more about what you can do to help move the bill to the Senate floor for final passage.

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