Fargo article pinpoints components of effective federal shield law

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.

Associate professor Anthony Fargo (Maggie Richards, BA’15 | The Media School)

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.