Federal Shield Law Passes House
October 17, 2007 at 6:37 AM (PT)
The House version of the federal shield law passed Congress TUESDAY, with the law approved by a 398-21 vote.
The "Free Flow of Information Act of 2007" was altered to allow revelation of sources to be compelled in cases of terrorism and narrowed the definition of journalists, excluding some bloggers and journalism students, as well as journalists from organizations backed by foreign governments or terrorist groups. A Senate version passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and awaits a floor vote.
President BUSH has threatened to veto the law if it reaches his desk.