shield law

noun

Definition of shield law

: a law that protects journalists from forced disclosure of confidential news sources

Examples of shield law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During Pantaleo's trial his disciplinary records were not allowed to be released publicly due to the shield law. Sonia Moghe, CNN, "Disciplinary record of ex-officer who held Eric Garner in chokehold is finally released," 23 June 2020 Burke said police and judges violated state and federal laws, including Carmody’s right to due process and California’s shield law, which protects journalists from being compelled to identify sources. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Jeff Adachi case: Judge quashes SFPD search warrant used to raid journalist," 18 July 2019 Unless journalists have obtained information illegally, California’s shield law allows them to keep their sources confidential and withhold unpublished information. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "SF Supervisors approve payout to journalist whose home, office were raided," 31 Mar. 2020 California’s shield law allows journalists to keep their sources confidential and protects them from search warrants. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Media advocates sue to find out more from SFPD, Breed about search of journalist’s home," 20 Aug. 2019 The 2005 shield law was the culmination of an extended effort by the National Rifle Association. New York Times, "Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Relatives to Sue Gun Maker," 12 Nov. 2019 More than two dozen cases challenging the federal shield law have been filed around the country. New York Times, "Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Relatives to Sue Gun Maker," 12 Nov. 2019 Related Stories Unless journalists have obtained information illegally, the shield law allows them to keep their sources confidential and withhold unpublished information. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Bryan Carmody says he still gets along with beat cops, despite sledgehammer raid," 14 Aug. 2019 News media groups have criticized it as a violation of California’s shield law, which protects journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources and from search warrants. Washington Post, "San Francisco PD omitted that raid target was a journalist," 23 July 2019

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Shield law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shield%20law. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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shield law

noun

Legal Definition of shield law

: a law that prevents or protects against disclosure or revelation of information: as
b : a law that protects journalists from disclosure of confidential news sources

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