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NAA applauds Senate Judiciary Committee for passing shield law protecting confidential sources and the public’s right to know
Director of Communications
September 12, 2013
Arlington, Va. – Caroline H. Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, issued the following statement in response to the passage of the Free Flow of Information Act today by the Senate Judiciary Committee:
“The Newspaper Association of America applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing this shield law, which is a critical first step toward protecting the public’s right to know. As recent events have clearly demonstrated, it is essential to protect both the freedom of the press and our national security through a balanced law that applies across all federal circuits. This bill will preserve the integrity of the news gathering process while still ensuring effective law enforcement. We believe this legislation deserves the continued bipartisan support of Congress, as it received in previous years.”
The Act (S. 987) will codify the updated Department of Justice guidelines and require the government to obtain journalists’ records only with court approval, protecting journalists in civil and criminal cases while still providing information needed to investigate crimes and keep the nation secure.
NAA is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 newspapers and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. NAA members include daily newspapers, as well as nondailies, other print publications and online products. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on the major issues that affect today's newspaper industry: public policy/legal matters, advertising revenue growth and audience development across the medium's broad portfolio of products and digital platforms. Information about NAA and the industry also may be found at www.naa.org.