Would Proposed Federal Shield Law Have Protected New York Times Reporter James Risen?

By: Friday September 13, 2013 11:05 am

A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the full Senate. The shield law would likely protect reporters from subpoenas intended to force them to give up confidential information about their sources, but the protection national security journalists would be able to enjoy is debatable.


Media Shield Law, Which Aims to Protect Only ‘Real Reporters,’ Moves Onward to the Senate

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 1:35 pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would establish a federal shield law for reporters or journalists in the United States. The legislation was amended, before passing out of committee, to define who would be a “covered journalist” under the proposed shield legislation.

Government Should Not Define What a Reporter Is – or Isn’t

By: Monday August 19, 2013 6:30 pm

Sen. Diane Feinstein and a horde of members of Congress of both parties want to decide who is and who isn’t a reporter. Sen. Feinstein says a “real” reporter is a “salaried agent of a media company.”

The reason she wants to define what a reporter is or isn’t is because there’s a federal Media Shield Law that protects reporters from revealing their sources. She wants to amend that to take away existing First Amendment protections from anyone not involved in—apparently—salaried establishment media.

Washington Post Editorial Board: ‘WikiLeaks Differs From Journalism’

By: Sunday August 4, 2013 6:30 pm

How so?

The Washington Post editorial board has determined in an editorial on Manning’s conviction that WikiLeaks “differs from journalism in methods if not goals.”

Obama White House Tries to Distance Itself From AP Spying Scandal by Citing Support for Bill It Lobbied Against

By: Wednesday May 15, 2013 9:25 am

One of the assertions continually made by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at yesterday’s press briefing regarding the AP Spying scandal was that President Obama believed in “unfettered” investigative journalism. The evidence Carney offered for this assertion was Obama’s support for a shield law that died in 2010.

Bloggers Subpoenaed by TSA: Federal Shield Law, Anyone?

By: Thursday December 31, 2009 3:30 pm

As one federal prosecutor told Wired, “It strikes me that they’re more aggressive with this reporter than with the guy who got on this flight.”

Don’t you feel safer now?

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