ASNE continues push for shield law

A couple of weeks ago, we alerted you to the fact that the Supreme Court would be determining whether to hear The New York Times reporter James Risen's appeal from a Federal Appellate Court decision that there is no First Amendment or common law privilege, which protects a reporter from having to testify in federal court proceedings (and, for good measure, even if there were, he would likely have to testify anyway.).

Imminent Supreme Court action might heighten need for shield law

Those supporting the Free Flow of Information Act -- the formal legislative name for the bill that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would create a federal reporters shield law -- are advised to keep one eye on the Supreme Court in the coming days. That's because the court could decide as early as Monday whether to hear the appeal of The New York Times reporter James Risen from a lower court decision holding that he must testify regarding the source (or sources) of classified information cited and otherwise referred to in his 2006 book "State of War."

ASNE praises Senate committee for passing Free Flow of Information Act

The following statement is from ASNE President David Boardman, the dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University.  


Columbia, Mo -- The American Society of News Editors commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing S 987, the Free Flow of Information Act, on Thursday, Sept. 12, by a 13-5 vote. Thursday's favorable vote by the committee is the product of incredible effort, dedication and compromise by all those involved: both senators on the committee, Senate leadership and media organizations, and companies seeking a federal reporter's privilege. 

Court of Appeals ruling regarding James Risen subpoena reinforces need for federal shield law

Sometimes timing is everything. That just might be the case with the regard to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit's July 19 ruling that New York Times reporter James Risen must testify as to the identity of a source who provided Risen with information published in his 2006 book "State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration." 

Join ASNE in the fight for a new shield law

One of ASNE's most important legislative priorities in the past decade has been to see passage of a federal shield law. We have come relatively close in the past.


The House passed such a bill on two different occasions, and the Senate moved legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee only to see the bill stall before a Senate floor vote, despite President Obama's support.


We might be moving close once again because the Senate Judiciary Committee has indicated it will mark up its version of the legislation this month.

Still in pursuit of a new shield law

In May, on the heels of revelations that federal authorities had subpoenaed the telephone records of the Associated Press and its reporters, President Obama directed Attorney General Eric Holder to review the Department of Justice's policies and practices governing the use of law enforcement tools to obtain information or records from or concerning members of the news media. Attorney General Holder convened a series of meetings with representatives of the news media, First Amendment advocates, academics and others in order to meet the president's stated deadline for submission of a report on these issues by July 12. 

Last chance on federal shield law?

ASNE is urging its members to contact their Senators during the August recess to urge passage of the long-stalled "Free Flow of Information Act." Click the link below to learn more about what you can do to help move the bill to the Senate floor for final passage.

Shield Law passes Judiciary Committee in a 14-5 vote

We finally have good news to report regarding the shield law, officially named the Free Flow of Information Act. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 448 by a 14-5 vote today with a few limited amendments.

Push for shield law continues despite delay

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday delayed passage of the federal shield law, but we remain confident that the Free Flow of Information Act will be enacted during the 111th Congress and are dedicated to making that happen.

Shield law alert - vote delayed

Here´s an update on the proposed federal shield law. The Senate Judiciary Committee had been expected Thursday to vote on S 448, the Free Flow of Information Act. But a vote became impossible after opponents introduced multiple amendments.