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Shield Law Wins Committee Approval in Washington State

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  1. Protecting Sources and Materials
· Story link The House Judiciary in Washington State approved by a 10-1 vote a bill that would grant reporters…

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The House Judiciary in Washington State approved by a 10-1 vote a bill that would grant reporters an absolute privilege to protect their confidential sources. There was no debate. Washington is one of 18 states that do not have a reporter’s shield law, however its courts have ruled in favor of a qualified privilege based on the First Amendment and common law. (2/5/07)