Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Chron case sparks new look at shield law

USA Today reports that Congress is reconsidering a bipartisan proposal to allow reporters to protect the identity of sources in the wake of several several high-profile cases of journalists threatened with jail time for not revealing their sources, including one involving Chron reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. Lawmakers are still negotiating language in the bill and say one sticking point is concern over whether national security exceptions are too broad, according to USA Today. Also at issue is whether bloggers should be protected. Some groups, including the ACLU, say bloggers working as reporters should also be protected.

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