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Q: Provide 2 examples that support your views on whether news reporters should be able to keep their sources of information confidential and Explain how your examples support your view?
A: Most states do not give absolute privilege to reporters, especially where criminal trials are concerned. [ A reporter may not be protected by the privilege when asked to reveal confidential sources to a grand jury or in a criminal trial when the criminal defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights to a fair trial are at risk. State shield law protection applies only in state court or state proceedings,
and not in federal court or against a federal grand jury subpoena. No federal law currently protects journalists from being forced to disclose their confidential sources, but Congress is considering a bill (the Free Flow of Information Act) that would create a federal shield law. New York Times reporter Judith Miller's life changed dramatically on July 6, 2005 when a federal judge ordered her jailed for her continued refusal to give evidence in a grand jury investigation into the disclosure of the identity of a covert CIA operative. In Branzburg versus Hayes, the Supreme Court decided the First Amendment does not give news reporters a privilege to keep their sources secret from the government. - ]
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