Monday, June 11, 2007

Mass. Shield Bill Gets Hearing Tomorrow

A Massachusetts bill to shield journalists' confidential sources gets a hearing tomorrow before the state legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary. The bill, House 1672, will be heard Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. in Room B-1 of the State House.

The bill would protect sources and reporting materials from forced disclosed by reporters, editors, and media outlets under subpoena from the courts or administrative agencies in Massachusetts. It strengthens the public’s right to know about situations that could affect their finances, families and even their lives.

Among those slated to testify in support of the bill are journalists Jim Taricani, Susan Wornick and Natalie Jacobson; Boston Globe Senior Vice President Al Larkin; NECN Vice President of News Charles Kravetz; WBUR General Manager Paul La Camera; Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Executive Director Lucy Dalglish; Boston College Law Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea; media lawyers Jonathan Albano and Jeffrey Newman; Peter Meade, executive VP of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Alex Jones, director of Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

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