Five Myths About The Federal Shield Law
DURHAM, NC (October 30, 2013) – NPPA has been a supporter of the Free Flow of Information Act, sometimes referred to as the Federal Shield Law. It was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month on a bipartisan, 13-5 vote. If passed by Congress, the Act would be the first statute to protect journalists from being forced to identify their confidential sources in federal court.
Kurt Wimmer, a lawyer who specializes in free speech and the Constitutional rights of journalists, has written an article about five myths that persistently linger regarding the Act. It's published today here on the Huffington Post and is recommended reading for NPPA members and those who support NPPA's ongoing Advocacy efforts.