Senator Feinstein: “Real Reporters” Are Salaried Under Shield Law

 

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Examiner.com

A Senate Judiciary Committee convened on August 5 to continue talks regarding the Media Shield Law, a bill that would protect reporters and news media organizations from revealing the identities of confidential sources. The renewed push for the shield law comes after the disclosure earlier this year that the Justice Department had secretly subpoenaed almost two months of telephone records for 21 phone lines used by reporters and editors for The Associated Press and secretly used a warrant to obtain some emails of a Fox News journalist.

However, any protections from the proposed law might depend on the salary of the journalist involved, if Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  has her way, said Charles Spiering of the Washington Examiner.

During the hearing, Feinstein proposed an amendment to the bill that would make the law only apply to journalists she described as “real reporters.”  Those include reporters who are  “a salaried agent” of a media company such as a newspaper, broadcast news station, news website or another type of news service. As ABC reports, Feinstein was concerned “that the current version of the bill would grant a special privilege to people who aren’t really reporters at all, who have no professional qualifications.”

As Spiering concludes, Feinstein is trying to exempt individuals who report and/or analyze the news on blogs or web sites not hosted by “real” media organizations from the protections of her proposal. Further, Feinstein is trying to exempt individuals who report and/or analyze the news on blogs or web sites not hosted by “real” media organizations from the protections of her proposal, he said.

 

 

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