Thursday, November 30, 2006

Gov-elect Patrick supports shield bill

Massachusetts Gov.-elect Deval Patrick, speaking today at the annual luncheon of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, expressed support for a law to protect reporters from disclosing their sources. But he said such a law would impose a concomitant responsibility on news organizations not to abuse the privilege. A bill to create a Massachusetts shield law is pending in the state legislature, but is unlikely to see action before the current session ends this month.

Patrick also expressed support for openness in government, while emphasizing his belief that some government business needs to take place behind closed doors.

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