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Congress Must Protect 1st Amendment by Passing Shield Law

A federal shield law is needed now more than ever, but a bill to pass one, the Free Flow of Information Act, has been withering in Congress since 2007. But the Guild, SPJ and dozens of other organizations are turning up the heat, as journalists are being subpoened and even threatened with jail for doing their jobs, most notably New York Times reporter and Guild member James Risen. Part of the problem in passing a bill is defining who exactly is a journalist. No one questions that Risen is. But do freelancers and bloggers get the same protections? Right now it's a legal quagmire. Illustration courtesy of FreePress.net.

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