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Miller, Five Others Testify on Reporters Shield Law

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A federal prosecutor from Texas, representing the Justice Department, urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject a Reporters Shield proposal because it would impede the government’s ability to fight terrorism and protect national security. But New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who spent 85 days in jail for refusing to reveal a source, argued that “even flawed reporters should not be jailed for protecting even flawed sources.” And other media witnesses argued that the issue is much broader than recent publicized cases. The testimony came in the second hearing on the legislation sponsored by Sen. Richard Lugar and Rep. Mike Pence, both Indiana Republicans. (10/19/05)