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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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This bill would establish a federal shield law for reporters and their sources.
Canlas, when asked by the panel to name his source of the story, however, invoked the Republic Act 53 as amended by Republic Act 1477 also known as the Shield Law or Sotto Law.
19) The Shield Law contains an absolute privilege for confidential information, but sets out a three-prong qualified privilege for unpublished nonconfidential information.
Oregon's 1973 shield law was designed to protect reporters from being compelled to testify, reveal evidence or be subjected to governmental searches.
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.
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.
investigation on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, the White House was sending word to Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat of New York, that it was a good time for him to reintroduce a media shield law that he says helps protect journalists from revealing their sources.