Wednesday, August 8, 2007
FindLaw's Julie Hilden discusses why she supports enactment of H.R. 2102, the Free Flow of Information Act (otherwise known as the federal reporter's shield law) but thinks it should also squarely address some crucial questions. She notes that H.R. 2102, as written, seems to omit some important protections. It contains a "national security exception", for example. It also fails to address the question of the individual who does not meet the traditional journalist definition, such as people like video blogger Josh Wolf or instructor Vanessa Leggett, both of whom tried and failed to assert a journalist's privilege. Read more here.