Monday, August 15, 2005

Journalism ed group endorses shield law

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, meeting in San Antonio this week, endorsed a pending federal shield law, the Express-News reports. But a panel discussion on the topic brought out the pros and cons of such a law, according to the report.

Dallas attorney Robert Latham argued that shield laws are needed, because while the press is mentioned in the First Amendment, the Constitution is open for interpretation, the report said. But Roy Moore, an attorney and journalism professor at the University of Kentucky, said that while he thinks a federal shield law will ultimately be passed, reporters need to be careful about its implications.

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