House Panel Endorses Media Shield Law

9 years 7 months 4 days ago February 23, 2007 Feb 23, 2007 Friday, February 23 2007 Friday, February 23, 2007 1:47:03 PM CST in News
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JEFFERSON CITY - Journalists would have greater protection for their notes and confidential sources under a bill that cleared a House committee today. The so-called media shield law would require those seeking to learn the confidential sources of reporters -- or unpublished notes -- to get a court order first. The judge would have to weigh the public interest, and any alternative ways to obtain the information sought. One difficulty is defining who counts as a journalist. An amendment the House panel approved limits it to those whose main income comes from reporting. So in theory, Internet bloggers whose work is more of a hobby would NOT get the protection.

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