Shield laws: Necessary protection or a threat to citizen journalism?
Currently, a law is being considered by the United States Congress that would protect journalists from prosecution if they refuse to reveal their sources.
But many feel that if passed, the law – known as the “Federal Shield Law” – would limit the definition of a journalist and exclude many in the reporting profession, such as bloggers, from protection.
Do you have a similar law in your country? If not, do you think your government should consider adopting one? How might a law “shield” some journalists without failing to protect others who deserve to be protected?
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