Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Two more states seek laws to shield sources

I wrote last month about the filing of a Massachusetts bill to shield reporters. Now, similar laws are being sought in two other states.

In Utah, a conservative state senator and the state attorney general are joining forces to back a bill that would allow reporters to keep the names of their confidential sources secret, even from criminal prosecutors, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The bill would be filed before the 2006 legislative session begins in January.

And in Washington, state Attorney General Rob McKenna says he plans to request legislation in January to protect reporters' confidential sources, according to The Yakima Herald.

Shield law statutes are on the books in 31 states and the District of Columbia, according to The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update on shield law efforts nationwide. You can find more information on the Utah dynamic at the Senate Site and the State of the Beehive here, here and here.

Thanks again.