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Tribune Newspapers – Federal shield law for journalists deserves passage

Tribune Newspapers, Mesa, Ariz.
Oct. 21, 2007

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., has to make a choice. Will he stand up for the principle that journalists should be at arms' length from police authorities and the courts to provide independent news accounts, a principle that Arizona law st

Barre Montpelier Times Argus – Safeguards for press keep secrecy at bay

The Barre (Vt.) Montpelier Times Argus
Oct. 21, 2007

A federal press shield law moved closer to passage last week, and Sen. Patrick Leahy was taking steps to ensure that the bill continued its journey toward final approval.

In two ways the importance of a shield law

Bristol Herald Courier – Anonymous sources necessary to expose wrongs

Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier
Oct. 21, 2007

Abu Ghraib. Walter Reed. Warrantless wiretapping.

Without the use of anonymous sources, none of those stories ever would have been seen the light of day. Which is exactly what the Bush administration - arguably the most secr

Bristol Herald Courier – Shield law protects free press rights, journalists' access to info

Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier
Oct 21, 2007

Thomas Jefferson once said that "our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and it cannot be limited without being lost." Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy, and our founding fathers understood that an informe

Register-Herald – Shield Law

Bush won't win this battle

The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.V.
Oct. 18, 2007

Spurred by broad bi-partisan support, the House of Representatives passed legislation earlier this week extending new protections for journalists and their sources - despite the threat

Honolulu Star-Bulletin – Protect press sources in federal court cases

Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Oct. 21, 2007

THE ISSUE

The U.S. House has approved a bill that would protect journalists from identifying their confidential sources in federal court.

Rep. Neil Abercrombie, the lone Democrat to vote against a media shield law, is c

Ithaca Journal – New shield law: Protections for the press benefit public

The Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal
Oct. 23, 2007

The United States House of Representatives did journalists and the public right when it recently passed its version of the Free Flow of Information Act 2007. Soon, the Senate is supposed to pass its version of the measure overwhelmingly

Frederick News-Post – Shield law

The Frederick (Md.) News-Post
Oct. 24, 2007

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives strongly endorsed a new journalism "shield law." The House voted 398 to 21 in favor of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, which would extend new protections to journalists in safeg

Rocky Mount Telegram – Editorial: Broken shield

Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram
Oct. 24, 2007

President Bush is fond of speaking out for the freedoms accorded to a democracy whenever he sees a country under totalitarian rule. If only he would crusade as zealously when it comes to U.S. liberties.

Bush has said he will

Corpus Christi Caller-Times – House passes a federal shield law for reporters

Corpus Christi (Tex.) Caller-Times
Oct. 21, 2007

Would "Deep Throat" have helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein unravel Watergate without their agreement not to reveal his identity? Not likely.

The ability to protect confidential sources goes to the heart and soul

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