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Way back in 2006, Ars reported on a California state appellate court decision that found in favor of Apple-leaking sites—the company could not force them to reveal their sources, citing California’s journalist shield law.
And within a few years, Congress would pass shield laws protecting gunmakers from being sued.
The shield law received some attention during the presidential primaries because independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders supported the legal protections for the industry, while Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton opposed them.
Well, because there is no federal shield law that protects journalists from demands to reveal confidential sources, reporters can be subpoenaed — compelled to tell investigators who leaked classified information to them.
In addition to prosecuting at least six government employees and two contractors under the Espionage Act, Obama pushed for a national security exception to a media shield law aimed at protecting journalists.
Standing up for whistleblowers should be another part of journalistic advocacy—just like supporting access to public records, lobbying for shield laws, and decrying all assaults on reporters.
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