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Senate President Files Shield Law Bill

The push for a federal law to protect the confidentiality of reporters' sources has gained momentum recently, especially in light of the Valerie Plame investigation. New York Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed for contempt of court after refusing to reveal the name of her source in articles on the covert CIA agent.

There are so-called "media shield" laws in 31 states as well as in Washington DC, and now a proposal has been filed in Massachusetts. Senate President Robert Travaglini filed legislation Tuesday on Beacon Hill.
NECN news director Charles Kravetz is leading the effort to create the law and he speaks with WBUR's Bob Oakes.

This program aired on October 26, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.

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