Lawmaker reintroduces federal shield law

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., has reintroduced a federal shield law that would protect reporters who use confidential sources.

Pence announced the reintroduction of the measure during a speech at the National Conference of Editorial Writers convention last week in Indianapolis, according to a statement on his website.

“Compelling reporters to testify, and in particular, compelling them to reveal the identity of their confidential sources, is a detriment to the public interest,” Pence said, according to the statement on his site. “Without the promise of confidentiality, many important conduits of information about our government will be shut down.”

The measure, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2011 (H.R. 2932), was introduced on Sept. 14 and is similar to bills Pence introduced in 2007 and 2009.

The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Ind., also reported on the reintroduction of the measure.