MEDIA SHIELD LAW ADVANCES AS SENATE PANEL DEFINES ‘JOURNALIST’

FROM COMBINED NEWS REPORT: “Under the wording of the “Free Flow of Information Act,” the [Senate Judiciary Committee] considers a protected journalist to be an employee, contractor or agent of a group that disseminates news or information, who also must have held that position for at least one year within the last 20, or for three consecutive months during the previous five years.

“Additionally, safeguards are included so that a covered person could be a student journalist or a prolific freelancer. In instances of confusion, a federal judge would be in a position to use his or her best discretion to determine who’d be protected…

“Under the compromise, covered persons now include bloggers and freelancers both paid and unpaid who work with the primary intent to investigate events and procure material in order to disseminate to the public news or information.” …  (Link to story below)

http://rt.com/usa/media-shield-law-senate-781/

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