- Feb 16, 2008
- Reaction score
- Western NY and Geneva, CH
- Political Leaning
A Senate panel on Thursday backed legislation that would offer protections to a broad variety of journalists who do not want to divulge their confidential sources of information.
The key point of debate over the bill, which was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 13-to-5 vote, had been the definition of a journalist.
Although some members had pressed for a narrower definition, the version to be debated on the Senate floor will cover journalists who had an “employment relationship” for one year within the past 20 years, or three months within the past five years, and someone with a “substantial track record” of freelancing in the past five years.
Media shield act moves on to the full Senate - The Washington Post
At first I was all "good," then I realized that they had no intention of covering anybody who is not a known element in the government-media complex.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not the "blogosphere's" biggest fan, I just think that corporate journalists aren't the only ones needing protection.