WASHINGTON, DC -- The House Judiciary Committee today voted in support of bipartisan legislation that that would create a federal shield law to protect journalists and their confidential sources.
The Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 was introduced by Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA), John Conyers (D-MI), Mike Pence (R-IN), Howard Coble (R-NC), Greg Walden (R-OR) and John Yarmuth (D-KY) in the House. Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN), Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Pete Domenici (R-NM) are co-sponsoring identical legislation in the Senate.
"Today's vote recognizes broadcast journalism's rich history of keeping the public informed through quality investigative reporting and the importance of reporters having continued access to confidential sources," said NAB Executive Vice President of Dennis Wharton. "Broadcasters take great pride in providing listeners and viewers with critical information that at times carries significant risk to both reporters and their sources. We look forward to quick action from the full House and with companion legislation in the Senate."
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.