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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    Another AC, 24 Sep 2009 @ 12:29pm

    Its all politics

    The content industries have the money and they are truly buying what they want in the political system. Whether it be Music, News, Movies, Software. I don't think there is much that anyone can do about it. They only listen to the lobbyists. Our government is truly broken to such an extent that the only people who will have rights will be the ones that can afford to pay for them.

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