SJC To Begin Consideration Of Media Shield Legislation Next Week

WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation to protect journalists and their sources will be considered by the Judiciary Committee at next week’s executive business meeting, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday.

Leahy’s decision to place the Free Flow of Information Act on the Committee’s agenda comes after he and other Committee members met last week with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the Justice Department’s review of its guidelines for obtaining information from the press. 

“For many years, I have worked with others in Congress to enact a balanced media shield law that would establish a limited privilege for journalists to protect their sources and the public's right to know,” Leahy said.  “As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will continue to work to enact a meaningful media shield bill.  I support this legislation and I look forward to the Committee’s consideration of this important bill.”

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          An Executive Business Meeting has been scheduled by the Committee on the Judiciary for Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 9:30 a.m., in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

          By order of the Chairman.



Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
July 25, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.


S. 987, Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 (Schumer, Graham, Klobuchar, Blumenthal)

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