The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, December 17, 2004
The Dodd journalist shield bill, etc
The bill, S 3020, the Free Speech Protection Act of 2004, was dead before it was written, but is not without interest.
The core provision, §3(a)(1), privileges a covered person in respect of
the source of any news or information procured by the person, or any information that would tend to identify the source, while providing services for the news media, whether or not the source has been promised confidentiality;
A covered person is defined as
a person who--
And news media as, inter alia,
any printed, photographic, mechanical, or electronic means of disseminating news or information to the public.
That seems to cover the common or garden political blogger: there is no requirement that the activity in which the information sought was obtained should constitute any sort of business or profession, or have been done for profit .
(The Valerie Leggett problem would, it seems, not arise with the Dodd shield.)
I'm sure the Dodd bill will reappear in some form in the 109th.
Meanwhile, I've added some materials on reporter's privilege/journalist's shield to those listed in my October 12 piece.
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