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 The new shield laws circumvent traditional telemedicine laws, which often require out-of-state health providers to be licensed in the states where patients are located. Elissa Nadworny, NPR, 14 May 2024 According to Moon, 11 states and Washington, D.C., have similar gender-affirming shield laws, and three more have established a similar policy via executive order. Hannah Gaskill, Baltimore Sun, 22 Feb. 2024 Alabama Republicans quickly passed a shield law so that families could restart the expensive treatments, which can take an emotional and physical toll. Maya King Micah Green, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2024 The shield laws have been enacted in six states: California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Washington. Abigail Brooks, NBC News, 7 Apr. 2024 The Southern states, though, don’t have a single shield law among them. Hannah Murphy Winter, Rolling Stone, 1 Mar. 2024 Rhodes wrote that under Kansas’ journalist shield law, the paper is entitled to a hearing before the authorities review any of the information seized. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 3 Apr. 2024 In other parts of the country, families can, at the very least, depend on neighboring states with shield laws that protect access to trans healthcare. Hannah Murphy Winter, Rolling Stone, 1 Mar. 2024 The justices added questions about last year's shield law to the appeal and Tuesday's arguments. CBS News, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shield law was in 1971

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“Shield law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

shield law

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