In order to pass an effective federal shield law, Congress should limit exceptions to protecting sources and prohibit secret court orders from unmasking sources, associate professor Tony Fargo argues in an article published in the latest issue of Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law.
“A Federal Shield Law That Works: Protecting Sources, Fighting Fake News, and Confronting Modern Challenges to Effective Journalism,” discusses Congress’ previous unsuccessful attempts to pass a federal shield law and proposes ways to create a more effective version.
In return for these protections, Fargo says journalists should address concerns about fake news by swearing their sources exist.
Research assistance for this article was made possible by the Barbara Restle Press Law Project.
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The paper examines attempts to pass a federal shield law that would protect journalists from being required to reveal their sources.
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Fargo presented the research at the International Association for Media and Communication Research annual conference in Cartagena, Colombia.
“Building a Better Watchdog” is supported by the Barbara Restle Press Law Project.
Associate professor Anthony Fargo will moderate a panel discussion May 19 in Hamburg, Germany, on the impact of recent political events on the international influence of the First Amendment. The panel session, “Does That Banner Yet Wave?” is part of the International Press Institute’s world congress in Hamburg May 18-29.
Panelists are Daoud Kuttab, a Jordanian-American journalist who runs an online news organization in Amman, Jordan; Ashley Messenger, the senior associate general counsel for NPR in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Kristin Sanders, a professor at Northwestern University-Qatar.
The panel is sponsored by The Media School’s Barbara Restle Press Law Project, funded by a gift from IU journalism alumna Barbara Restle. The project focuses on research and education about laws that protect journalists and their sources and on strengthening press …
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They served on the panel “The Fourth Estate: The Role of the Free Press in a Democracy.”