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Should Journalists Have a Federal Shield Law? The 2005 Distinguished Journalist Lecture

Recorded on October 25, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center

Most states have shield laws to protect journalists' confidential sources. The Free Flow of Information Act of 2005 is designed to establish a similar right at the federal level. The New York Times' Judith Miller was only recently freed from 86 days in jail for refusing to compromise a Plamegate source, but journalists themselves are divided on the issue. Pence, a talk radio journalist before entering Congress, will make the case for his legislation as essential to protecting the First Amendment and freedom of the press.