In September 2013 the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Free Flow of Information Act (FFIA), a bill that would prohibit federal agencies, prosecutors, and litigants from threatening reporters with prison time if they refuse to turn over their sources’ identities. The bill is awaiting a full vote in the Senate and, while it is an encouraging sign, wrote David Greene of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, it does not go far enough because of vague language that could be interpreted to exclude independent journalists.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014