Would Proposed Federal Shield Law Have Protected New York Times Reporter James Risen?

By: Friday September 13, 2013 12:58 pm

A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the full Senate. The shield law would likely protect reporters from subpoenas intended to force them to give up confidential information about their sources, but the protection national [...]

Media Shield Law, Which Aims to Protect Only ‘Real Reporters,’ Moves Onward to the Senate

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 4:04 pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would establish a federal shield law for reporters or journalists in the United States. The legislation was amended, before passing out of committee, to define who would be a “covered journalist” under the proposed shield legislation. The proposed shield legislation, the Free of Flow of Information Act of [...]

In Ruling Ordering Times Reporter to Testify Against Source, Dissenting Judge Defends Freedom of the Press

By: Saturday July 20, 2013 11:36 am

A divided federal appeals court ruled that a reporter for the New York Times did not have a reporter’s privilege under the First Amendment or common law that would protect him from having to testify in a leak case against one of his sources. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court order, which held Times reporter [...]

Ex-CIA Agent John Kiriakou, Accused of Leaks, Has Subpoenaed Journalists: Who Are They?

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 2:06 pm

Ex-CIA agent John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on torture authorized by the administration of President George W. Bush, is accused of leaking classified information to journalists on the identities of a “covert CIA officer” and details on the other role of “another CIA employee in classified activities.” He was indicted in April on charges [...]

The Response from US Newspapers to the Leaks Hysteria

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 11:55 am

Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, June 12, for a Justice Department oversight hearing. With politicians in a frenzy over leaking by the Obama administration, Holder was forced multiple times to defend and explain his plan to investigate and get to the bottom of the leaks. Republican senators took [...]

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