Holder Expands Protections For Journalists In Federal Investigations

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Attorney General Eric Holder has expanded protections for journalists, setting new standards that federal prosecutors must meet before seeking subpoenas or search warrants covering media professionals, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Prosecutors must ask the Justice Department's Policy and Statutory Enforcement Unit before issuing a subpoena to a member of the news media, using a subpoena or court order to obtain records concerning a member of the media, or questioning, arresting or charging a member of the media for actions arising out of "newsgathering activities."

A significant change was to drop the word "ordinary" from the phrase . . .

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