This section covers the use of subpoenas to force journalists to disclose their confidential news sources and unpublished information. Shield laws exist in forty states; if a reporter isn't covered by a shield law, there may still be a constitutional privilege that helps protect sources and information. This section also covers official attempts to seize journalists' work product and documents without a warrant.
Digital Journalist's Legal Guide
Everything online journalists need to protect their legal rights. This free resource culls from all Reporters Committee resources and includes exclusive content on digital media law issues.
The Reporters Committee and 18 other news organizations filed a brief in the ACLU's case seeking a preliminary injunction against the National Security Agency's collection of telephone toll records from communication service providers. The media groups stressed to the court how such surveillance affects newsgathering and interferes with the ability of reporters to promise confidentiality to their sources.