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USA TODAY — Our view on the public’s right to know: Shield would protect public

July 28, 2008

As the Senate moves into the last week before its August recess, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., could do good on several fronts by moving on one of his stated priorities: Passing a measure to protect reporters’ ability to keep promises of confid

Post-Tribune — Senate should pass U.S. media shield law

Post-Tribune, Merrillville, Ind.
July 23, 2008

The U.S. Senate needs to pass the Free Flow Information Act, also known as the federal media shield law.

It would allow journalists to protect confidential sources when those sources keep journalists alert about wr

Orlando Sentinel — We think: Martinez needs to join Nelson in backing Senate's shield law for reporters

Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel July 23, 2008

Some of the most consequential news stories of recent decades -- from the Watergate scandal to the financial scams at Enron Corp. to the disgraceful treatment of veterans at the Walter Reed Medical Center -- might never have come to light

Buffalo News — Protecting public information

Senators can serve their constituents by approving a federal ‘shield law’

The Buffalo (N.Y.) news
July 23, 2008

In journalese, it’s called a “shield law,” because it would protect journalists from efforts to have them tossed in jail for upholding the ethi

New York Times — The Right to Know

The New York Times
July 17, 2008

In the face of near hysterical opposition from the Bush administration, the Senate Democratic leadership intends to take up a proposed shield law to provide journalists with limited protection against being compelled to reveal confidential

Keene Sentinel — Reporter shield

The Keene (N.H.) Sentinel
July 06, 2008

There was a time when this newspaper and many others rejected the idea of a shield law — a law designed to protect reporters who promise confidentiality in return for information. We figured the First Amendment should be protection e

Herald-Zeitung — State AGs, Senate should support shield law

The Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas
July 1, 2008

The U.S. Senate is again discussing a federal shield law to give reporters the right to protect the anonymity of their sources and the public’s right to know.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott became the 31st

Saginaw News — Editorial: Mike Cox acts for public good

The Saginaw (Mich.) News
June 27, 2008

Michigan Attorney General Michael Cox deserves thanks.

Although not many know it, 49 states and the District of Columbia protect journalists from revealing confidential sources in their courts. Not so in federal courts. Some

Arizona Daily Star — Shield law would protect your right to know

Our VIEW: Congress should match states' laws in addressing, protecting reporters' use of unnamed sources

Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
June 29, 2008

Legislation pending in the U.S. Senate would bring federal law into line with laws in 49 states, including A

Washington Times — PENCE: A legislative shield for the press?

The Washington Times
June 29, 2008

The Constitution of the United States provides: “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” These two rights form the bedrock of our democracy by ensuring the free flow of information to the public.Read all of Washington Times — PENCE: A legislative shield for the press?

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