Friday, April 15, 2005

Now this is what I like to see

Bipartisanship working for a well-needed bill: Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) working together with Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Mike Pence (R-IN) for a national press shield law.,
While Pence and Lugar go into more detail here, I'll just review the basics. Gives the same protections that 31 states and D.C. give journalists, which is the right to not have to reveal sources. Prosecutors must show an urgent and credible need before any information has to be turned over. Journalists can't use classified information (as before), but would not face jail time for not cooperating.
In short, this is a big win for freedom of the press, and if these four men can get it through, then the press will be safe for some time to come.


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