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Norman Transcript — We need a federal shield law

The Norman (Okla.) Transcript
July 25, 2008

News reporters operating in 49 states and the District of Columbia have a shield law that protects them from divulging confidential sources. Oklahoma is one of them.

That protection gives news sources an assurance that a

Jackson Sun — Imperfect shield law is still a good start

The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun
July 28, 2008

Well, it's better than nothing.

A proposal to finally enact a federal shield law that would protect reporters from having to reveal confidential sources overwhelmingly passed the House last year. In the Senate, it passed the Judic

Anchorage Daily News — Shield law

Free flow of information requires federal protection

Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News
July 27th, 2008

The First Amendment to the Constitution makes it plain that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.

Right no

Indianapolis Star — Unshackling the press, empowering the people

The Indianapolis Star
July 28, 2008

Our position: A federal shield law for journalists would benefit the public at large.

What does the federal government have that's missing from 49 states, including Indiana?

Fear.

Fear of protecting

Knoxville News Sentinel — Senate should approve federal shield law

The Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel
July 28, 2008

It has been more than 35 years since the U.S. Supreme Court raised the possibility of a reporters shield law — protection from being required by judges to reveal the source of a story that might prove embarrassing for governme

Morning Journal — OUR VIEW: Congress should adopt a federal shield law to help protect free press

The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio
July 28, 2008

Along with informing the public about the news of the day, another vital role of the news media in American history has been that of the public's watchdog.

Reporters protect taxpayer money, civil liberties, human rig

Athens Banner-Herald — Senate should vote to approve federal 'shield law' Editorial

Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald
July 27, 2008

Sometime soon, the U.S. Senate will have an opportunity to show the American people the level of its commitment to ferreting out waste, fraud, abuse and other problems within the federal government.

In the coming days, possibly

Daily Record — Federal shield law is needed

Daily Record, Parsippany, N.J.
July 25, 2008

The U.S. Senate has many issues before it: the economy, the war, health care and immigration, just to name a few. Amid that backdrop, allowing journalists to protect their sources may seem trivial by comparison.

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Appeal-Democrat — Our View: Shield law bill deserves vote in Congress

Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.
July 26, 2008

United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Virginia, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, should give the Free Flow of Information Act a floor vote before the Senate goes into recess in another month.

Gainesville Sun — Why a shield law?

The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun
July 26, 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican contender John McCain, may not agree on much. But fortunately for Americans, they agree on the passage of one important piece of legislation pending in Congress: The Free

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