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Monday, September 25, 2006

Federal Shield Law update

Everyone's jumping on the Federal Shield Law bandwagon.

There's this, this, this, this and this.

The San Fran Chonicle editorial reported: "One of the measures of a healthy democracy is the ability of journalists to do their job without government interference." So why are we supporting legislative action to define certain aspects of our job?

Reporters are going to jail. The case of the two Chronicle reporters is the most compelling case yet of those who can be protected by a federal shield law. Neither one of these gentlemen is prepared to reveal their sources even if jail is imposed on them. We're not exposing sources, we're punishing reporters.

Handing the government control over when and how those sources are revealed is a recipe for disaster. This BALCO case makes a mockery of democracy. The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves.

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