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In debating federal media shield, don't ignore business

The underdebated federal media-shield legislation is the topic of my "My Turn" column in the latest edition of Forbes, "Too Much Freedom of the Press." Congressional discussion and media coverage/promotion have framed the issue as "free flow of information" vs. "national security," ignoring almost completely the consequences for the private sector of allowing the media to protect their sources unilaterally, without effective judicial oversight.

The House legislation is H.R. 2102, which passed the House last October by a vote of 398-21. The Senate version is S.B. 2035.

I've written about the issue at the National Association of Manufacturers' blog, Shopfloor.org here, here and here.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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