Coalition Applauds Reintroduction of Federal Shield Law

may 2, 2007  02:07 pm
The Free Flow of Information Act was introduced today in the House by U.S. Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA), John Conyers (D-MI), Mike Pence (R-IN), Howard Coble (R-NC), Greg Walden (R-OR) and John Yarmuth (D-KY). A similarly bipartisan group of legislators will introduce an identical bill in the Senate. AAN is a member of an alliance of over 40 media companies and professional organizations that issued statements of support for the legislation. The bill would "establish important and balanced ground rules for compelled disclosure of sources and information from reporters," according to a press release issued by the Newspaper Association of America, which organized the coalition. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia currently have shield laws in place.