Federal shield law eyed for U.S. journalists

American reporters face an increasing threat of being subpoenaed to testify in federal court. Congress has tried to remedy the problem by proposing reporter’s-privilege legislation, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2006. Alicia Armbruster of Vanderbilt University’s First Amendment Center interviewed 11 media law experts to gauge how well the proposed law would protect reporters who protect their sources. Read her February 2007 report.
The First Amendment Center has compiled a state-by-state review of the shield laws already in force in many states.