Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Federal shield law re-introduced in House

A federal shield law that would allow journalists the right to protect confidential sources was re-introduced in the House today. The bill is called the Free Flow of Information Act of 2009.

The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., Rep Mike Pence, R-Ind., Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

"The absence of federal legislation protecting reporters' sources limits the public's access to information which is vital to the functioning of a democratic society," Boucher said in a statement. "The press allows citizens to serve as watchdogs, speaking out about and exposing what are often illegal, corrupt, or dangerous activities by both private and government actors."

This bill would grant a reporters' privilege—which in my opinion is essential.

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