Monday, March 19, 2007

Sen. Kerry's Support for Shield Law

U.S. Sen. John Kerry spoke Friday to the New England Newspaper Association and announced his support for a strengthened Freedom of Information Act. (I assume he is referring to S. 849.) As his campaign blog reports, the announcement drew a fair amount of comment in the blogosphere.

I was present at Kerry's speech. His comments on FOIA actually came in response to my question to him about whether he supports a federal shield law for journalists. Yes, he answered.

I was glad to hear this, until I got back to my computer and realized that my question was embarrassingly uninformed. Kerry had been one of the formal cosponsors of S. 1419, the shield bill introduced by Sen. Richard G. Lugar in 2005.

At least now I know.

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