Archive for Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Senate advances proposed shield law for journalists

March 23, 2010, 8:35 a.m. Updated March 23, 2010, 5:23 p.m.

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— The Kansas Senate has advanced a bill protecting journalists from being forced to release their notes on unpublished information.

The Senate gave first-round approval Tuesday to the measure creating what’s commonly called a shield law. A second vote would be needed to send the bill to the House.

The bill would give journalists limited protection against being forced to identify unnamed sources or disclose information they hadn’t published or broadcast.

A journalist could be forced to comply with a subpoena only if a state judge ruled that the information was relevant to a case and could not be obtained in another way.

Supporters say such a law would help journalists remain independent. Critics question whether it’s necessary.

Comments

Penny_Bullock 5 years, 3 months ago

Sure, this is exactly what we should be doing - giving them more protection for annonymous sources. I mean, since we now create public discourse and public policy through the annonymous blogsphere, why shouldn't we just start making up things and attributing them to "confidential sources."

Please, people. Let's get real.

Bob Burton 5 years, 3 months ago

Kapaa_hawk,

When all reporters became journalist they all became liars.. Again-when all reporters became journalist they all bacame liars..

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