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'Shield' law prompts soul-searching by news media

David Greene, attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the Senate bill is imperfect but still would advance protection for the media.

Greene said the bill attempts to steer clear of limiting protection by using the term “covered journalist” instead of “journalist.”

"Although this may seem purely cosmetic, it is a significant substantive improvement," he said in a blog post.

Greene said the bill also contains a “judicial discretion” provision to enable a judge to extend the shield law's protection to "non-mainstream and citizen journalists."

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
AFP

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