Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A Blogger Shield (?)

The Free Flow of Information act to be voted on today.

Under H.R. 2102, online journalists for the first time would be afforded the same protection as their offline counterparts provided they are engaged in "gathering, preparing, collecting, photographing, recording, writing, editing, reporting, or publishing news or information that concerns local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to the public. ---Press Release News Wire

The Free Flow of Information act is a federal journalism shield law that protects journalists from being forced, by threat of jail, to reveal sources.

As you might expect the White House is unhappy about a law that would protect journalists and their sources. The WH thrives on secrecy, so it raises the ol’ national security bogeyman and talks veto.

Read the Baltimore Sun story:
White House recommends veto of 'shield law'

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