Wikileaks Decides: If The US Gov't Won't Create A Real Shield Law, We'll Shield Journalists Instead

from the technology-to-the-rescue dept

With the US federal gov't continually watering down and limiting any attempt at a federal shield law to help protect journalists from being pressured into revealing their sources, it looks like the site Wikileaks wants to help. It's trying to set up a system, whereby a source can leak information directly to a journalist for a period of time, before Wikileaks goes public with the info. But, either way, Wikileaks promises to protect the source, keeping the journalist separate from the source. While I have no idea if this particular program will actually work, it does show the futility of politicians trying to water down such a shield law. It seems like every time politicians try to do these sorts of things, the internet comes to the rescue with its own solutions.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 13 Oct 2009 @ 3:51pm

    Re: Straw Man

    The issue isn't about stripping journalists of their rights or discouraging members of the public from sharing evidence of a crime with the press,...

    Err, in many cases that is exactly what may happen.'s about preventing people from refusing to cooperate in police investigations....

    And journalists ARE people. claiming that their Twitter account gives them a shield.

    I find your claim that it would only apply to Twitter accounts to be deceptive. In fact, the law doesn't even mention Twitter. Talk about straw men. Oh well, I give you credit for at least being honest enough to disclose "Straw Man" in your subject line.

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