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Editorial: Proposed shield law warrants support by Valley legislators

Editorial Yakima Herald-Republic Jan. 15, 2006 Excerpt: Some might erroneously think that the so-called "shield laws" are self-serving tools for journalists. But in the final analysis, they are in the public's best interest. Almost all of the state's public-corruption investigations over the past 25 years have been driven by media interest, according to King … Read More
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When the First Amendment Ain't Enough

by Chris Faraone Boston's Weekly Dig Excerpt: Boston attorney Jeffrey Newman, whose track record includes representing molestation victims in the Catholic Church scandal, hatched the movement to safeguard reporters in December 2004. After convincing New England Cable News programming VP Charles Kravetz to help lead the charge, Team Shield Law sent more … Read More
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Confidentially, journalists need to put the reader first

By Ryan Blethen The Seattle Times Jan. 20, 2006 Excerpt: [...] A shield law has to define who is a journalist. How is that precisely done with technology stretching the definitions of journalism? Once journalists are classified, a door opens for future legislation of journalism. I cannot help but imagine what happens when [Washington … Read More
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Our opinion: Exempting Council from sunshine law would blind public

Editorial Honolulu Star-Bulletin Oct. 31, 2005 Excerpt: The City Council -- thinking that what's good for the goose is good for the gander -- wants an exemption from the state's open government law, just like the state Legislature's. The Council's logic is twisted. What would be good for the public, never mind a gaggle of … Read More
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The Wayward Press: Telling Secrets

By Nicholas Lemann The New Yorker Oct. 31, 2005 (Nov. 07, 2005 issue) Excerpt: During the past few years, prosecutors and judges have shown themselves to be increasingly impatient with the idea that journalists have special privileges. Meanwhile, in Washington, the old journalistic way of doing business had not, it turned out, actually vanished … Read More
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What Judy forgot: Your right to know

By Robert Scheer Los Angeles Times Nov. 01, 2005 Excerpt: The most intriguing revelation of Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald's news conference last week was his assertion that he would have presented his indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby a year ago if not for the intransigence of reporters who refused to testify before … Read More
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Don't shield those with shields

Editorial The Grand Rapids Press Oct. 31, 2005 Excerpt: Some bad ideas look even worse at second glance. That's true of legislation that would potentially protect rogue police officers from scrutiny. The measure has been reintroduced in the Legislature, where it died last year. It deserves the same quick burial this time. Under the bill, … Read More
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Journalist advocates protection of news sources

by Jesica Medellin The Signpost (Weber State University, Ogden, Utah) Oct. 19, 2005 Excerpt: The right for journalists to protect their sources isn't a privilege, Miller said, but a right for people to know what is going on in government and elsewhere. Although sources aren't always correct and can give wrong information, journalists often rely … Read More
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As IAPA Debates Shield Law, Some Latin Journos Urge Caution

By Mark Fitzgerald Editor & Publisher Oct. 10, 2005 Excerpt: While the idea of a federal shield law is gaining popularity among U.S. journalists in the wake of the Judith Miller jailing, support is still far from unanimous. It's clear from the discussion at the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) General Assembly that Latin … Read More
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Public access to records a mixed bag in South Dakota

By Chuck Clement The Capital Journal (Pierre, S.D.) Oct. 10, 2005 Excerpt: While South Dakotans may not have the worst of times in knowing what's going on with their state and local governments, there's still room for improvement in guaranteeing the public's right to know. That observation was the general opinion of three board members … Read More
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Shield Law Sponsor: Bloggers 'Probably Not' Considered Journos

By Mark Fitzgerald Editor & Publisher Oct. 10, 2005 Excerpt: According to the first draft of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2005, the "covered person" protected by the bill's terms includes "any entity that disseminates information by print, broadcast, cable, satellite, mechanical, photographic, electronic, or other means and that publishes a newspaper, … Read More
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Calif. governor vetoes bill to give reporters greater inmate access

The Associated Press Oct. 11, 2005 Excerpt: For the second year in a row, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation that would have made it easier for news reporters to arrange interviews with prison inmates. Schwarzenegger said the bills by state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Murrieta, weren't necessary because the … Read More
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Sen. Lugar to Define Free Press

FreeMarketNews.com Oct. 11, 2005 Excerpt: Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana is coming to the rescue of the American press by co-sponsoring a proposed "federal shield law," known formally as the Free Flow of Information Act of 2005. Lugar told the Inter American Press Association on Monday that news bloggers would "probably not" be considered … Read More
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