Magazine article The Quill

SPJ Joins Call for Federal Shield Law Legislation

Magazine article The Quill

SPJ Joins Call for Federal Shield Law Legislation

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INDIANAPOLIS - The SPJ board of directors of directors voted March 9 to back federal shield law legislation.

"We are proud to be joining with the many other organizations that support this idea, including the Newspaper Association of America, the National Newspaper Association, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, The Radio-Television News Directors Association, the National Press Photographers Association and great news media companies such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Court TV, Cox Enterprises, E.W. Scripps and Time, Inc.," said SPJ President Irwin Gratz, a radio news anchor with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

"A federal shield law has become essential now that prosecutors appear less constrained about hauling journalists before courts and grand juries," Gratz continued. …

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