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?
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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