IF YOU WERE A REPORTER WOULD YOU EVER REVEAL A SOURCE?

PROTECTING THE PRESS FROM THE COURTS!

The House could vote as soon as next week on a bill to shield reporters from having to reveal their sources in some federal court cases, a senior Democratic official in the House
said Wednesday. Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to set the process in motion to bring the bill before the full House, according to this official, who demanded anonymity because the vote, perhaps as early as Tuesday, had not been formally scheduled. Pelosi, D-Calif., told The Associated Press Managing Editors last week that she would bring up the measure by years’ end because “this is fundamental to our democracy and fundamental to the security of our country.”
More than 50 news outlets, including the AP, support the bill. The legislation would shield reporters from being forced by federal prosecutors to reveal their sources, except in certain circumstances. Cases in which investigators are tracking acts of terrorism in the U.S. and other countries are exempted, for example.
A similar bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee awaits a vote by the full Senate. There are no firm plans to bring it up, however, in part because of strong opposition by some Republicans.
The Bush administration does not like either, measure. Justice Department officials have testified that making it harder for prosecutors to track leaks could harm national security.