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East Valley Tribune — Freedom of press lacking at top level

East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Ariz.
March 23, 2008

Sunshine Week — highlighting potential threats to our personal liberties via government secrecy — just ended. But the erosion of your right to know and thus your right to monitor and maintain your government as a limited one,

Washington Post — Chill the Press

A judge's harsh penalty could limit the public's right to know

The Washington Post
March 24, 2008

WITH A 20-page opinion handed down March 7, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton sent a shudder through journalists and their would-be sources. He found for

Philadelphia Inquirer (opinion) — Reporter shield serves us all

More and more, journalists are punished for protecting sources. The trend could deprive the public of information it needs to hear.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted March 20, 2008

Robert C. Clothier is a First Amendment and media law attorney Read all of Philadelphia Inquirer (opinion) — Reporter shield serves us all

Telegraph — Perspective column: Congress should pass reporters’ shield law

By Rep. Rick Boucher and Rep. Mike Pence

The Telegraph, Nashua, N.H.
March 18, 2008

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 c

Grand Rapids Press — Shield law needed to protect reporter sources

The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press
March 19, 2008

Reporters frequently rely on anonymous sources to uncover important stories, including, in recent years, revelations about the subhuman conditions at Walter Reed Medical Center and the high-level scheming at Enron.

Daily Herald — Let Senate vote on shield law

Daily Herald, Provo, Utah
March 18, 2008

A single U.S. senator, Jon Kyl of Arizona, is blocking a bill aimed at protecting your right to know. We urge Senate leaders to step in and move the measure forward.

S. 2035, the Free Flow of Information Act, would establ

Tuscaloosa News — Strong national shield law needed

The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
March 18, 2008

Our country needs a strong national shield law for the news media to protect confidential sources, reporters and the public's right to know.

Most states, including Alabama, have media shield laws but there is not one at t

Detroit Free Press — Enact national shield law

Detroit Free Press
March 18, 2008

Toni Locy makes a convincing case for enactment of a law that should not be necessary in a nation where freedom of the press is enshrined in the Constitution.

Locy is a former reporter who is facing fines of up to $5,000 a day fr

Los Angeles Times — The case for protecting journalists

They need a federal shield law so they can spend their time reporting instead of sitting in jail

Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2008

Afederal appeals court has come to the rescue of a journalist who faced financial ruin if she continued to shield her confid

Daily News — Forecast for federal shield law remains gloomy heading into Sunshine Week

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.
March 11, 2008

The New York-based Creative Coalition will run a series of print and broadcast public services ads promoting open government in conjunction with Sunshine Week, which begins Sunday. The nonpartisan public advocacy group hopes t

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