Media shield law
praised by Leahy
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s senior U.S. senator said it’s good news that legislation to create a federal media shield law has cleared a key hurdle.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Thursday’s approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, could provide new security for journalists trying to protect their confidential sources.
Leahy noted that his parents ran a printing business and said he’s been a long-time supporter of First Amendment rights.
The bill would establish protections for journalists who use confidential sources to find out what various government agencies are doing.
The action comes months after it was revealed the Justice Department had secretly tracked the newsgathering activities of 21 reporters and editors at The Associated Press and a journalist at Fox News.MORE IN Vermont NewsMONTPELIER — The Vermont Board of Education is seeking public comment as members draft a... Full Story
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