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The Reporter's Privilege: Where Does The Proposed Federal Shield Law Stand And What Impact Would It Have?

The right of journalists to refuse to testify regarding information or sources obtained as part of the news-gathering process, known as the reporter’s privilege, has been recognized by 49 of the 50 states and the District of...more

Movement Toward a National Press Shield Law

Two proposed bills would provide additional protection not only to reporters, but also to their sources. Any company spokesperson or defense lawyer who speaks to a reporter has a modest vested interest in the passage of the...more

Got Privilege? Wisconsin Shield Law Tested in Raw Milk Case

In the first-known application of Wisconsin's two-year-old shield law, Judge Guy Reynolds of the Sauk County Circuit Court refused a request by the state's Department of Justice to issue subpoenas to three journalists who...more

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