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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  1. identicon
    Speechis Notfree, 24 Sep 2009 @ 10:58pm

    Re: Doesn't makes sense.

    If to quote you "the pen is a weapon" why, prey tell me should they (the weapons) only be in the hands of corporations....listen to yourself.

    I have voiced issues which may or may not have been as a result of someone providing me with information. Those issues have become laws and changed the course of billion dollar businesses. If I were to blab about my sources then I doubt I would get anyone talking to me and you would still be being reamed without even knowing it.

    I think you need to reassess your position in a calm and rational manner and try and put yourself in a neutral position. Your position will look even worse from there.

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