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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Filed Under: journalism, shield law, wikileaks

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Oct 2009 @ 9:04am

    All Wikileaks is doing is putting itself in the middle. Instead of the journalist getting sued to reveal sources, the folks running wikileaks will end up with the problem.

    I would say that they are being fools.

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