House Panel OKs Shield Law
August 1, 2007 at 3:16 PM (PT)
The NAB is applauding the House Judiciary Committee's approval of a bipartisan federal shield law to protect journalists and their sources. The Free Flow of Information Act, introduced by Reps. RICK BOUCHER (D-VA), JOHN CONYERS (D-MI), MIKE PENCE (R-IN), HOWARD COBLE (R-NC), GREG WALDEN (R-OR), and JOHN YARMUTH (D-KY) in the House, is similar to a Senate bill introduced by Sens. RICHARD LUGAR (R-IN), CHRISTOPHER DODD (D-CT), LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC), MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA) and PETE DOMENECI (R-NM).
"Today's vote recognizes broadcast journalism's rich history of keeping the public informed through quality investigative reporting and the importance of reporters having continued access to confidential sources," said NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON. "Broadcasters take great pride in providing listeners and viewers with critical information that at times carries significant risk to both reporters and their sources. We look forward to quick action from the full House and with companion legislation in the Senate."