A DISCUSSION OF LAW AND JOURNALISM

“A Desperate Need for More Protections”

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By LASIS Staff

We recently wrote about the plight of a Fox News reporter who is being threatened with jail time for not revealing her sources. We took the opportunity to lament the absence of a federal shield law for reporters.

Though it’s a shame it took the A.P. scandal to remind our lawmakers about the importance and desirability of such a law, we’re glad a federal bill protecting reporters is being reintroduced by Senator Schumer.

An editorial in today’s New York Times says that it’s unclear at this time whether or not a federal shield law could have protected the A.P. from the administration’s intrusion.

Still, as the editorial points out: “This scandal shows that there is a desperate need for more protections of press freedoms.”

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