Magazine article The Quill

Utah Receives Shield Rule

Magazine article The Quill

Utah Receives Shield Rule

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The Utah Supreme Court passed Rule 0509, the state reporter shield rule, one day after the public comment period ended Jan. 23.

The rule, which became effective Jan. 25, was signed by Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine M. Durham. It applies to publishers, editors, reporters or other similar people gathering information for the primary purpose of disseminating news to the public and any newspaper, magazine or other periodical publication, press association or wire service, radio station, television station, satellite broadcast, cable system or other organization with whom that person is connected.

It strikes an appropriate balance between necessary protection to ensure the free flow of information and recognition that sometimes the privilege may be overridden, in cases of substantial injury or death.

The rule was drafted in November, and news organizations from across the state worked together to pass the rule. …

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