NAB Supports New Federal Shield Law
May 2, 2007 at 1:13 PM (PT)
The NAB is part of a bi-partisan coalition of politicians and over 40 media companies proposing a new federal shield law to protect reporters from having to give up sources and work product in criminal or civil cases in federal court.
The "Free Flow of Information Act of 2007" is being proposed by Reps. RICK BOUCHER (D-VA), JOHN CONYERS (D-MI), HOWARD COBLE (R-NC), MIKE PENCE (R-IN), and JOHN YARMUTH (D-KY), along with Sens. RICHARD LUGAR (R-IN) and CHRISTOPHER DODD (D-CT), with a press conference TODAY. NAB Pres./CEO DAVID K. REHR and NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA Pres./CEO JOHN STURM will be among the supporters at the news briefing on CAPITOL HILL.
"Broadcast journalists have a rich history of keeping citizens informed with timely investigative reporting on issues of critical importance to the nation," said NAB Pres./CEO DAVID REHR. "The NAB looks forward to working with CONGRESS to ensure that reporters retain access to confidential sources without fear of prosecutorial reprisal."