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South Florida Sun-Sentinel — Free Flow of Information Act should be passed

ISSUE: Congress considers a federal shield law

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale
Aug. 1, 2007

It wasn’t that long ago that a federal shield law was simply unnecessary. The constitutional right of a free press was broadly accepted, and protected enough

Daily News Journal — New shield law would protect information flow

The Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Aug. 1, 2007

As Barry Bonds closes in on baseball’s all-time home run record, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a federal shield law to protect the confidential relationship between news reporters and their sources.Read all of Daily News Journal — New shield law would protect information flow

Rocky Mountain News — Bonds case illustrates need for shield law

Rocky Mountain News, Denver
Aug. 1, 2007

Whatever you think of Barry Bonds — hero, villain, or something in between — the San Francisco slugger’s quest for the all-time home run lead is entwined with a genuine injustice, one that the House Judiciary Committee should begin to c

Washington Post — Shielding Sources

Journalists need protection at the federal level

The Washington Post
Aug. 1, 2007

MANY OF the stories that expose government malfeasance, sear the nation's conscience, highlight violations of public trust or expose gross abuses of power come to light because peo

Los Angeles Times — Get behind a shield law

Congress should reject attempts to water down legislation that would let journalists protect their sources

Los Angeles Times
Aug. 1, 2007

Today, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to take up long-overdue legislation to require federal courts to join 33 states

Daily Freeman — The need for a shield law

Daily Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.
08/01/2007

Congress should adopt proposed federal protections for journalists and their confidential sources.

Based on Department of Justice guidelines dating back to 1973, the proposed Free Flow of Information Act would give reporters a

Beloit Daily News — Federal shield law is needed

Beloit (Wis.) Daily News
Aug. 02, 2007

Limited federal shield for journalists serves public interest.

USUALLY, WE PREFER to avoid expressing opinions that might fall into the “shop-talk” category. That's because we don't want to harangue readers about matters that mi

South Florida Sun-Sentinel — Congress needs to pass Free Flow of Information Act

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale
Aug. 5, 2007

By Earl Maucker, editor

I was minding my own business while driving down a side street in Wood River, Ill., back in 1972 when a police car behind me flashed its red lights and ordered me to pull over.Read all of South Florida Sun-Sentinel — Congress needs to pass Free Flow of Information Act

Courier-Journal — Lawmakers working to protect the public's information shield

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.
Aug. 1, 2007

The need to protect reporters, as they go about the business of gathering information that readers and viewers need, is clear -- not just to members of any one political party and not just to those in one ideological camp. Read all of Courier-Journal — Lawmakers working to protect the public's information shield

Waco Tribune-Herald — Public’s right to know needs a shield

Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald
Aug. 07, 2007

In the end, it is the public that needs a law that shields reporters from revealing their sources.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation to do just that.

Congress should pass the measure, HR

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