Media Shield Plan Advances in Senate; Would Protect Journalists Better

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The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a media shield bill that would make permanent the new U.S. Department of Justice guidelines on issuing subpoenas to journalists and allow federal judges to determine who is a journalist, the National Law Journal reports. The Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 passed on a 13-5 vote, with supporters saying the bill strikes the appropriate balance between protecting reporters from unwarranted intrusion and law enforcement's need for information and . . .

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