Shield Law

Defendants drop subpoena for video in civil rights case

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | August 18, 2010
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August 18, 2010

Two government defendants in a civil rights lawsuit yesterday dropped a subpoena for unedited video footage of a reporter’s interview with the plaintiff in the case.

Wisconsin governor signs shield law for reporters

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | May 19, 2010
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May 19, 2010

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle signed into law a reporter's shield bill protecting confidential sources and newsgathering materials.

Wisconsin's Whistleblower Protection Act, the 39th such law in the nation, provides journalists with an absolute privilege to withhold the identity of confidential sources and a qualified privilege to protect from disclosure unpublished newsgathering information.

New Jersey appeals court concurs that blogger is not a journalist

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | April 23, 2010
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April 23, 2010

A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday affirmed a lower court's ruling that said a libel defendant could not use the reporter's shield law because not all bloggers are journalists, and the defendant was not engaged in journalism.

The plaintiff, Too Much Media, sued Shellee Hale in New Jersey after she posted comments stating that the company, which works with websites in the adult entertainment industry, was profiting from a security breach in its program.

Shield bill passed by state senate, goes to governor for signature

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | April 20, 2010
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April 20, 2010

Wisconsin's state senate today passed, by a voice vote, shield legislation that would protect confidential sources and newsgathering materials, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The bill will now go to Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle for his signature.

Kansas governor signs new shield law

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | April 15, 2010
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April 15, 2010

Kansas became the 38th state to pass a state shield law for reporters today when Gov. Mark Parkinson signed the pending legislation, The Associated Press reported.

The law will take effect upon publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

Kansas shield bill awaits governor's signature

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | March 31, 2010
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March 31, 2010

The Kansas Legislature passed a state shield law for reporters on Tuesday night that will now go to Gov. Mark Parkinson for his signature.

Both chambers of the Legislature approved the measure to provide Kansas reporters with a qualified reporter's privilege by an overwhelming margin -- the Senate voted 39-1 and the House 116-3.

Kansas Senate approves state shield bill

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | March 24, 2010
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March 24, 2010

The Kansas Senate has voted in favor of a state shield law that protects journalists from the forced disclosure of private newsgathering materials, The Associated Press reported.

The bill will now go to the state House for consideration. If enacted, it would protect confidential sources and unpublished notes.

Kansas senate committee approves reporter shield legislation

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | March 18, 2010
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March 18, 2010

The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee today agreed to send shield legislation to the state Senate floor for consideration.

The bill, SB 211, would protect journalists from having to disclose confidential sources or unpublished notes. It was originally written by state Sen. Derek Schmidt and had bipartisan sponsorship. Main features of the legislation include a test for compelling disclosure of privileged information.

Media organizations support Innocence Project's motion to quash

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Quicklink | January 11, 2010
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January 11, 2010

Media organizations today urged an Illinois judge to block a criminal prosecutor’s subpoena for the notes and records from students in Medill's Innocence Project at Northwestern University.

Federal shield bill passes Senate judiciary committee

Cristina Abello | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | December 10, 2009
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December 10, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to present the federal media shield bill to the full Senate, a new milestone this year for legislation that has been tabled, debated and amended for months in the committee.