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shield law

n.
2. A law that limits the ability of a court to compel a journalist to give testimony disclosing sources of information.

shield′ law`


n.
a law protecting journalists from forced disclosure of confidential sources of information.
[1970–75]
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53 - or the Shield law or Sotto law - extends the coverage of the law to broadcast and online media, and their variants, as RA 53 only covers publisher, editor, columnist and accredited reporters of print media.
Media organizations across the country criticized the raids as a violation of California's shield law, which specifically protects journalists from search warrants.
This bill would establish a federal shield law for reporters and their sources.
In 2016, the two cases became the latest battlegrounds in the fight over the scope and strength of New York State's "Shield Law." (16) Skirmishes between prosecutors and reporters over anonymous sources have been in the public spotlight since the U.S.
Can Internet websites be considered a "medium of communication" protected by Oregon's reporter shield law? According to a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge, they can.
Grayson won over 53 Republicans despite opposition from Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who supports the concept of a reporter shield law but deemed Grayson's version overly broad.
(6) In light of contemporary reporting practices and the third-party doctrine's expansion to cellular and digital technologies, I argue that any meaningful shield law must burden access to phone, e-mail, and related records.
Journalism organizations and major news organizations are in almost total agreement that the nation needs a national shield law.
Earlier this year, news came out that Congress was trying to write a shield law to "protect" journalists.
At a news conference two months ago, when President Obama refused to say a critical word about his Justice Department's targeted surveillance of reporters, he touted plans to reintroduce a bill for a federal shield law so journalists can protect their sources.
"Presumably, journalists like Greenwald are exactly the types of people we should be protecting from prosecution," Lewis wrote, "but interestingly, a federal shield law might leave him vulnerable on two counts: As an employee of a British newspaper, (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-federal-shield-law-potentially-a-slipper-slope/2013/05/29/d5a3179e-c7c0-11e2-8da7-d274bc611a47_story.html) he could potentially be left out in the cold .
* Ted Poe, Sheila Jackson Lee pledge support for a free press, push for shield law (Houston Chronicle): "Three Texas lawmakers are leading a revived effort in the House of Representatives to win passage of a federal press shield law.