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Senate Says Amateur Journalists Don't Deserve Shield Protection

from the and-why-not? dept

Congress has been working on a federal "shield" law that that allows journalists to protect their sources. This is an important concept, and many states already have local laws on that front. Unfortunately, as the Senate was working on its version of the bill, it's apparently decided that the law should only apply to professional journalists who make their living that way. If you happen to just write a blog post that exposes some sort of wrong, you'll have no shield protections. Or if you write for a participatory media site and blow a whistle, again, you'll have no shield protection for your sources. While not all that surprising (do you really think our Senators understand the value of participatory journalism), it's still disappointing.

Filed Under: amateur, journalists, professional, senate, shield law


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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Sep 2009 @ 12:12pm

    Just more ways to give "professional" journalism a government granted unlevel playing field. They make laws that make it easier only for the status quo to investigate an issue and collect info anonymously and then they turn around and complain that only the status quo does a good job investigating the issue and that professional journalists are the only ones that do a good job at fact checking and uncovering hidden information. Seriously, how did these people get elected? We need to elect more people from the pirate party.

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