Media Coalition Urges Shield Law Approval

march 12, 2008  09:47 am
A group of 50 media companies and organizations, including AAN, sent a letter yesterday urging Congress to take up a pair of federal shield law bills and enact them as soon as possible. Both bills (S.2035 and H.R. 2102) have passed through committees, with the House version receiving a full House approval months ago. The letter follows a federal judge's recent decision requiring a former USA Today reporter to personally pay contempt fines for refusing to reveal her confidential sources. UPDATE: USA Today is reporting that a federal appeals court yesterday temporarily blocked the judge's order on the fines.