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Democracy at risk with shield law's end, senator says

By B.J. Reyes

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 02, 2013

~~<p>Free-press advocates lamented the impending expiration of the state's news media &quot;shield law,&quot; hailed nationally as a model for protection of news sources, and laid the blame squarely on Sen. Clayton Hee, the Senate's judiciary and labor chairman.</p>
<p>At a news conference Wednesday, Jeff Portnoy, an attorney for the Hawaii Shield Law Coalition, said it would be a &quot;waste of time&quot; to pursue the matter as long as Hee (D, Heeia-Laie-Waia&shy;lua) is judiciary chairman.</p>
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Free-press advocates lamented the impending expiration of the state's news media "shield law," hailed nationally as a model for protection of news sources, and laid the blame squarely on Sen. Clayton Hee, the Senate's judiciary and labor chairman.

At a news conference Wednesday, Jeff Portnoy, an attorney for the Hawaii Shield Law Coalition, said it would be a "waste of time" to pursue the matter as long as Hee (D, Heeia-Laie-Waia­lua) is judiciary chairman. Login for more...



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