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Shield Law

Five Myths About the Federal Shield Law

Kurt Wimmer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Kurt Wimmer

Blogs, tweets and Facebook posts couldn't have the profound influence they have rightfully earned in our new and diverse marketplace of ideas without a robust freedom to debate, to challenge, and even to be outrageous. So it's hardly surprising that when a congressional debate about protecting confidential sources mentions blogs, it touches a nerve.

New Federal Shield Bill Is Last Best Chance for Meaningful Protection of Reporters' Confidential Sources

Peter Scheer | Posted 11.17.2013 | Media
Peter Scheer

For the first time since the post-Watergate era, the stars are aligned for Congress to enact-and for the president to sign-a "Shield Law" that would provide meaningful protection against the forced-exposure of journalists' confidential sources

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?

Fox Reporter Hearing Delayed In Colorado Theater Shooting Case

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.04.2013 | Media

A Colorado judge postponed a hearing for Fox News reporter Jana Winter, who may have to reveal her sources regarding a story she wrote about the conte...

Committing Acts of Journalism

Tricia Todd | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Tricia Todd

Shield Laws aren't simply for protecting journalists and their sources, they are to ensure the ability for investigative journalism to continue informing the public and strengthening democracy. Cherry picking who gets protected is another way of criminalizing journalism.

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...

Senate Takes First Step Toward Upping Protection For Reporters

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel took a step forward on legislation to protect reporters and the news media from revealing their sources. But lawmakers pu...

What I Would Have Said to Eric Holder

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Justice Department's recent actions towards the media is so disturbing because it represents a step backward to a much uglier time, with fewer legal protections for the press. There is a very fine line between targeting leaking and targeting the media who print the leaks.

WATCH: Maddow Calls Out Obama

Posted 05.16.2013 | Media

Rachel Maddow called out President Obama for "sort of changing his mind" on the issue of a federal shield law once he became president. Maddow reac...

White House's Revival Of Shield Bill Met With Skepticism

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 07.15.2013 | Media

Journalists reacted with some skepticism to the White House's announcement on Wednesday that it was seeking to enact a new federal shield law to boost...

Zach Carter

Obama Calls For Reporter Shield Law After Hampering Prior Efforts | Zach Carter | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration asked Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Wednesday morning to reintroduce legislation that would help reporters protec...

With Harvard's Help, Congress May Keep Bloggers Out of Jail

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Tt just got a little easier out here for a blogger. The smart folks at Harvard's Citizen Media Law Project are launching a program of free legal services for online and citizen media.

Obama Administration Opposes Shield Law Protecting Reporters

New York Times | Charlie Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration has told lawmakers that it opposes legislation that could protect reporters from being imprisoned if they refuse to disclose ...

"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.