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Fri Sep 20, 2013, 05:31 PM

14. This Shield Law is NOT all good...

As a Freelancer who goes for long times between good gigs I would may be covered. There is also the 'national security' angle that makes me personally uneasy. IMO, the words National Security and Free Press should NOT be in the same sentence together, it is creeping fascism. The govt should not be trying to regulate freedom of the press in any way.

here's a snippet from the Freedom of the Press Foundation blog:

Also, it’s worth noting another major flaw in this bill that was completely absent from the debate today: the giant national security exception carved out to placate the White House. We’ve written about how this provision will leave the journalists most vulnerable to being subpoenaed—national security reporters—with the least protection. Hopefully, this provision can be removed entirely, either during debate on the Senate floor, or, if the bill passes both houses, during conference with the House. Otherwise, the bill might end up hurting more than helping the people it’s intended to help the most.



The Shield Law is a smokescreen making it easier for the government to pillage Journalistic sources...a sacred thing. It is worded to sound like a protection for us, when it is really another tool for rounding up whistle blowers.

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