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Tue Mar 3, 2015, 12:33 AM

Texas journalists back bill seeking more libel protection

AUSTIN Texas journalists asked legislators Monday to cement into law guarantees that they will be shielded from libel lawsuits if they accurately report a whistleblower's allegations that turn out to be false.

They say that's been common practice in Texas for years, but that they want to see legislation passed particularly after a 2014 Texas Supreme Court ruling left state libel law unclear.

Republican Sen. Joan Huffman said media groups asked her to push the bill, which she presented Monday to the Senate State Affairs Committee. Opponents say the measure is not necessary and that journalists in the state already have many protections.

The bill would shield journalists from litigation when they report on allegations brought by a whistleblower, if the accusations were made and were accurately reported.

Read more: http://www.mrt.com/news/article_fdcadcc0-c13d-11e4-9395-0f48b8b59da1.html (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

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