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Journalist ‘Shield’ – Balancing Openness, Security

Commentary Inside the First Amendment

By Gene Policinski First Amendment Center vice president/executive director

When journalists ask Congress for a “shield law,” it’s fair for citizens to ask exactly what that law would “shield,” and why.

Such a proposed law would give journalists a measure of legal authority in many instances to keep secret the names of news sources from federal prosecutors and others. The Free Flow of Information Act 2007 will be considered by . . .

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