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Patriot-News — A narrow definition is necessary to protect confidential sources

The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.
August 18, 2008

The clock is ticking for the 110th Congress to protect the whistle blowers who help journalists serve as watchdogs on the government.

This is the second consecutive Congress to consider a “Shield Law” to define na

Las Vegas Sun — Maintaining a free press

FBI’s improper possession of reporter phone records reinforces need for media shield law

Las Vegas Sun
August 15, 2008

FBI Director Robert Mueller III apologized to the editors of The New York Times and The Washington Post last week after the agency said i

Hattiesburg American — Our senators should support shield law

Hattiesburg (Miss.) American
August 15, 2008

United States Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker should be ashamed for their action – or inaction – on a bill that would provide a federal shield law for journalists.

Cochran voted against bringing the bill to the Sena

Avalanche-Journal — Vote impedes free flow of information

The Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock, Texas
August 15, 2008

WE'RE VERY DISAPPOINTED in the recent Senate vote stalling its version of the Free Flow of Information Act, also known as the federal media shield law.

If eventually enacted into law, as we believe it should be

Times-Tribune — FBI demonstrates need for shield

The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.
August 13, 2008

The FBI has acknowledged and apologized for its acquisition of phone records for four journalists who work for The Washington Post and The New York Times. In the process, the agency demonstrated why senators finally should pas

Daily Camera — Stutzman: FBI apology shows need for shield law

Sources need protection from heavy-handed investigations

Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
August 13, 2008

Lest anyone doubt that a federal shield law is needed to protect whistleblowers and other confidential sources of the press, an FBI apology last week unde

Daily Herald — Shield law no risk to nation's security

Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill.
August 13, 2008

Earlier this summer, we wrote in this space about our optimism about prospects for a federal law that would strengthen the protections for relationships between journalists and their confidential sources.

By a

Daily Star — Support federal shield law

The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.
August 13, 2008

Our nation's founders, in their great wisdom, decided there was only one profession important enough to the survival of the country to protect in the Constitution.

Yes, the press. Right there in the First Amendment of

Mountain Mail — Much is at stake in journalist-shield bill

The Mountain Mail, Salida, Colo.
August 11, 2008

There's a delay in U.S. Senate consideration of a proposal to “shield” journalists from many federal subpoenas seeking disclosure of confidential sources.

Supporters hope to get a vote after Congress returns from s

Pasadena Star-News — Journalists need a shield

Pasadena (Calif.) Star-News
August 8, 2008

ONE of the cornerstones of our democracy is a free and independent media.

For a free press to act as a check on government, it's sometimes necessary to protect the relationship between journalists and their confidential sou

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