Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Opposing the Shield

The Justice Department opposes a bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill to enact a federal shield law for journalists. It would let reporters keep their sources confidential.

Prosecutors appear to be stepping up subpoenas of reporters to give up sources. That makes it easier for them to figure out who to question in investigations.

DoJ calls the shield law: "bad public policy."

In other words, it's easier to have reporters do the Justice Department's work for them. No having to wait on federal agents to build their own leads and burn a little shoe leather. More time for them to collect information on civil rights groups and environmentalists. (WashPost)

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