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Don't change journalists' shield law


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 05, 2013

~~<p>Act 210, the so-called journalists' shield law, protects reporters and their sources of information from subpoenas in certain criminal and civil proceedings. The act is similar to protections provided in 48 other states and the District of Columbia. It took effect in 2008, but unless the Legislature acts, it will expire at the end of June.</p>
<p>This valuable protection does more than provide a special privilege for the news media. It allows people to share information with journalists without fear that a government prosecutor will demand to see it. It protects a journalist's ability to go beyond canned press releases to investigate stories that powerful government officials or private special interests would prefer to keep secret. It ensures the news media's freedom and independence. It gives the public a powerful tool for change.</p>
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Act 210, the so-called journalists' shield law, protects reporters and their sources of information from subpoenas in certain criminal and civil proceedings. The act is similar to protections provided in 48 other states and the District of Columbia. It took effect in 2008, but unless the Legislature acts, it will expire at the end of June.

This valuable protection does more than provide a special privilege for the news media. It allows people to share information with journalists without fear that a government prosecutor will demand to see it. It protects a journalist's ability to go beyond canned press releases to investigate stories that powerful government officials or private special interests would prefer to keep secret. It ensures the news media's freedom and independence. It gives the public a powerful tool for change. Login for more...



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