Senate Bill Debates Freedom of Speech Versus Security
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The federal shield law for journalists isn't without controversy. The bill which will go before the full senate protects journalists from revealing their sources to federal powers.
However the bill does not cover everyone creating newsworthy content.
The protection isn't extended to journalists who disclose classified information or information the government considers a threat to national security.
"It's an exclusionary attempt on the part of government to protect themselves,” said David Frazier, manager of boiseguardian.com. “We've gone way beyond the first amendment to have free speech when you try to limit that speech."
Now many are concerned whistle-blowers won't be so inclined to talk. The general feeling - if journalists can't protect their sources stories from the Bradley Mannings or Edward Snowdens of the world may never come to light.
"Journalists have to be very careful of crossing that line,” said Frazier. “And I think even in the case of Wikileaks the big Washington Post the New York Times know a lot more than they've revealed."