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Obama Blasts Afghans for Expelling Reporter -- So Why the Continued Pursuit of 'NYT' Reporter James Risen?

Peter Scheer | Posted 10.26.2014 | Media
Peter Scheer

The Justice Department's relentless pursuit of James Risen, and its refusal to recognize a qualified, first amendment-based, testimonial privilege for journalists, are serious mistakes. Now would be a good time for President Obama to correct those mistakes.

Media Urges Senate To Pass Shield Law

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 06.11.2014 | Media

News outlets and press freedom groups have sent the Senate a letter pressing lawmakers to pass a media shield law. Politico reported Wednesday tha...

Federal Shield Bill: A New Hope for Old Media

Brad Chase | Posted 06.03.2014 | Media
Brad Chase

A federal media shield bill is moving to the Senate floor and neither political party is happy. Conservative hawks are calling it another White House distraction from a failed foreign policy. Free speech advocates decry the government licensing of journalists.

Can a Journalist 'Plead the Fifth' to Avoid Having to Name a Confidential Source? A Federal Judge Says Yes

Peter Scheer | Posted 02.15.2014 | Media
Peter Scheer

This idea hasn't gotten much traction, until now: a federal judge in Michigan, in a civil suit against the Justice Department, ruled last month that a journalist could assert his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination in refusing to reveal a confidential source.

Controlling the Flow: Thoughts on the Free Flow of Information Act

Tricia Todd | Posted 11.14.2013 | Media
Tricia Todd

Selectively protecting some journalists, and not journalism as a whole, is detrimental to democracy and civil society. Why then do the majority of American mainstream media resources support this Act?

Broad Media Coalition Endorses Journalist Shield Law

Michael Calderone | Posted 11.12.2013 | Media
Michael Calderone

Numerous media outlets endorse federal journalist shield law.

Michael Calderone

Senators Expected To Compromise On Media Shield Law | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.12.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -– Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to agree on a compromise Thursday over the definition of a journalist, a stumblin...

Federal Media Shield Law Should Extend to Unpaid Bloggers and Citizen Journalists

Larry Atkins | Posted 10.13.2013 | Media
Larry Atkins

Many people still have the stereotypical notion of the blogger as the pajamarati. While there is a lot of ranting and raving in the blogosphere, many bloggers do engage in real reporting. The definition of who is a journalist or reporter should be interpreted broadly in light of the changing media landscape.

Senators Trying To Narrow Media Shield Law

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.02.2013 | Media

In the wake of the many different scandals surrounding the government's surveillance of journalists, senators are attempting to craft a new federal sh...

UPDATE: Graham Decides Bloggers Deserve First Amendment Protection After All

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) clarified on Twitter Wednesday that he thinks bloggers are entitled to freedom of speech under the F...

Zach Carter

McConnell Defends White House On AP Scandal | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday appeared to defend the Obama administration's controversial leak investigation ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Splits On Media Shield Bill | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday he would co-sponsor a media shield bill with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) after the Justice De...

Why a Media Shield Is Impossible

Peter G. Miller | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Peter G. Miller

There's a new urgency in Washington, a sense that the time has come to establish a national media shield that would protect news organizations and reporters from federal subpoenas and secret spying. It won't happen, certainly not in any meaningful way.

"Nothing But the Truth" About the Federal Shield Law

Rod Lurie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rod Lurie

One critic wrote that my film Nothing but the Truth, a thriller about how far a journalist will go to protect a source, goes "off the liberal rails." However, the fight to get a shield law is itself a non-partisan battle.

Judith Miller Calls For Shield Laws For Journalists

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

HONG KONG (AFP) -- Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller on Thursday called on the US Congress to enact a federal shield law that would protect...