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U.S. lawmakers make new bid to pass law protecting reporters from being forced to disclose sources

U.S. lawmakers make new bid to pass law protecting reporters from being forced to disclose sources

Lawmakers from both U.S. political parties are making a new effort to pass a federal shield law to protect reporters from being forced to disclose their sources.
The bill, co-sponsored by Republicans and Democrats in both the House of Representative and Senate, would write into federal law the protection for reporters now granted by 32 states and the District of Columbia.
Such protection, press freedom advocates say, would give government whistle-blowers more reason to reveal corruption when they know that reporters will be shielded in most cases from prosecutors' efforts to reveal information.
Anticipating objections from the Bush administration, the sponsors have included exceptions that would apply if the judge in a case determined the public interest in disclosing the source outweighed the public interest in newsgathering, said Rep. Rick Boucher, a Democrat and a co-author of the bill.
For example, a judge could require a reporter to disclose a source to prevent imminent death or harm to national security.


Updated : 2021-06-23 11:38 GMT+08:00