Protecting Citizen Journalists: Why Congress Should Adopt a Broad Federal Shield Law
Yale Law and Policy Review, Vol. 30, 2011
17 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2011 Last revised: 4 Sep 2012
Date Written: November 8, 2011
This Comment argues that Congress should enact a broad federal shield law that would cover many citizen journalists. Specifically, it recommends that Congress follow the prudent approach to the reporter's privilege that New Jersey and California have already taken. This approach would strike an appropriate balance between encouraging access to information and maintaining effective law enforcement.
Keywords: citizen journalism, reporter's privilege, new media, federal shield law
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