Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, May 17, 2010

President Signs New Freedom of the Press Act Into Law

From the CNN Ticker: President Obama has signed the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act. The new statute, which requires the State Department to look into possible violations of press freedoms abroad as part of its Annual Country Reports series. The act is named for the late Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Reporter, who was kidnapped and executed by Pakistani extremists in 2001. Although several bills on the issue were introduced, the bill that was finally enacted is H.R. 3714, introduced by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (CA). According to Phillip Gragg of the LSU Law Library, the Public Law number will be assigned within a day or two, and the official text will be available in a week or so.

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