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ASNE sets three fall webinars

ASNE participates in amicus in video game case

Another week, another Supreme Court amicus brief. In Entertainment Merchants Association v. Schwarzenegger, the Court is considering whether to carve out an exception to the First Amendment which could have serious long-term implications for news organizations.

One week remaining for nominations for McGruder Diversity Leadership Awards

Lancaster New Era — Swift action urged on federal Shield Law

Lancaster News Era
September 8, 2010

As summer gives way to fall, the public's attention is turning to November's midterm congressional elections.

The election campaign is crucial to the democratic process, of course. But this year, it could divert attention away from legislation of equal significance to a free republic the federal Free Flow of Information Act, commonly known as the Shield Law.

Dallas Morning News — Shield law passage good for democracy

The Dallas Morning News
September 3, 2010

Just as the path seemed to clear somewhat for a federal shield law for journalists, Wikileaks went and complicated matters.

The proposed shield law, aka the Free Flow of Information Act, would give journalists qualified protection against fishing expeditions by federal prosecutors who want names of confidential sources. The bill defends the free-press vision embodied in the Constitution, and similar protections are now the law in 49 states.

Grand Rapids Press — Congress should finally pass a shield law to protect confidential sources

The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press
August 31, 2010

When the U.S. Senate returns to work in a couple weeks, one item should be on top of the agenda: Finally passing a shield law for reporters.

Daily Camera — The need for a shield law

Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
August 29, 2010

Free press relies on protecting sources

We`ve been urging the full Congress to pass a federal media shield law for years. The time is now. A shield law would create consistent rules for judges at every level in every state to ensure that the public`s right to be informed is protected.

Modesto Bee — U.S. should shield all its journalists

The Modesto (Calif.) Bee
August 29, 2010

"Congress shall make no law … abridging freedom of speech, or of the press. …" This simple passage in the Bill of Rights allows for citizen oversight of our government and holds our elected and appointed representatives accountable through the watchdog efforts of our nation's news media.

ASNE joins important FOIA case in the U.S. Supreme Court

Milner v. U.S. Navy is the first high-court case in several years relating to the application of an exemption under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Although the issue it addresses is somewhat arcane, it has important implications for reporters and others who rely on FOIA to uncover information about the risks to local communities posed by government operations.

Fresno Bee — Support federal shield law adoption

The Fresno Bee
August 29, 2010

Doing so will ensure more government transparency.

"Congress shall make no law ... abridging freedom of speech, or of the press ..." This simple passage in the Bill of Rights allows for citizen oversight of our government and holds our elected and appointed representatives accountable through the watchdog efforts of our nation's news media.

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