Monday, April 21, 2008

Surprise! Government officials don't like journalists' shield law

The Free Flow of Information Act, which would somewhat protect journalists from forced disclosure of their sources when they expose government wrongdoing, has drawn the ire of many Bush administration officials. That sounds like an endorsement to me.

The bill isn't perfect. It contains plenty of loopholes and flirts with the dangerous business of defining who is a "legitimate" journalist worthy of protection and who isn't. But overall, the measure is worthy of support.

Frankly, anything that somewhat erodes the wall of secrecy around the modern security state deserves serious consideration.

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